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GANDHI TEERTH

Gandhi Research Foundation Jain Hills, Jalgaon


Members of the Board

Justice Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari

Dr. Bhavarlal Jain

Chairman, GRF

Founder

Dr. D. R. Mehta

Dalichand Oswal

Ashok Jain

Director

Director

Director

Members of the Advisory Board

Dr. Raghunath Mashilkar Ex-member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the P. M.

Dr. Anil Kakodkar B A R C, Trombay, Mumbai

Dr. Sudarshan Ayangar V. C., Gujrat Vidyapith Ahmedabad


Statement of Purpose Mission To strive towards establishing a world-order based on Truth, Non-violence, Peaceful coexistence Conservation and Love for labour. Values cherished and practised by Mahatma Gandhi.

Vision To preserve for posterity the profound legacy of Gandhiji’s life, thought and work.

Background The prevailing situation in the world today compels every right thinking person to revisit the underlying perceptions and value system of the present model of development followed world over and seek alternatives for creating a sustainable civilization based on the eternal values of Truth and Nonviolence as taught and practised by Gandhiji. That the world at large has awakened to this realization is clear from the fact that United Nation has declared 2nd October, the birth day of Gandhiji, as ‘’International Day of Non-violence and Peace’’. Great sages and seers like Bhagavan Mahavira, Gautam Buddha and Jesus Christ have preached the gospel of Love or Ahimsa. The focus of the teachings of the above gurus was transforming individual consciousness. Gandhiji’s

philosophy and programmes of integrated and institutionalised these percepts as means of transforming the society. He also developed nonviolence into an effective weapon in the fight for the realization of universal justice. As never before in history he also insisted on using fair means for achieving laudable ends. “As the means so the end”, he argued. The world is, of course, in the midst of a multifaceted crisis. People are looking for solutions. It is therefore important to draw the attention of serious minded and earnest people to the solutions offered by Gandhiji because he was basically a man of action who tried to evolve solutions to problems faced by humanity on the basis of ethical principles. Thus Gandhi’s life and principles become relevant as solutions to the contemporary issues. It is true that larger constituencies of people from around the world are trying to study Gandhiji’s life, philosophy and work. The number of experiments in the direction suggested by Gandhiji are also increasing. He is viewed as a timeless inspirer! All these point to a need, not only to propagate Gandhi’s life and principles, but also to preserve them for posterity. Gandhi Teerth, encompassing an international research centre a monumental Gandhi Museum, a capacious library and modern archives. These have been conceived and constructed keeping these concepts in view. Gandhi Teerth was dedicated to humanity by Pratibha Devisingh Patil, President of India on 25th March, 2012.


Gandhi Vichar Sanskar examinations being conducted in schools

Educational Profile •

Establishment of Gandhi Teerth International Research Institute (GIRI) by Gandhi Research foundation (GRF) to promote education and research in the field of Gandhian Studies.

Academic collaboration with the universities in India and abroad to conduct research and propagate Gandhian thought.

To start courses like Certificate, Diploma, Degree, Post Graduate, M.Phil., Ph.D., and Post Doctoral based on Gandhian thought.

To conduct tests/examinations for the courses on Gandhi Vichar Sanskar in schools and colleges.

To conduct examinations on Gandhi Vichar Sanskara in Jails. To educate prisoners with Gandhian values and help bring them into the main stream of society.

To initiate a ‘GRF Think Tank’, comprising scholars of national and international repute to debate and document the different contemporary issues with reference to Gandhian Philosophy.

To organize an International Conference on ‘Empowering for Peace through Leadership in Agribusiness & Sustainability’ (EmPeace LABS) every year in collaboration with Arizona University, USA.

Gandhi Vichar Sanskar examination for prisoneres

EmPeace LABS 2013


Propagation of Gandhian Thought •

To organize lecture series on contemporary issues and invite noted Gandhian scholars from India and abroad.

To celebrate the historical dates related to Gandhiji’s life and work through different events.

To promote competitions for students on drawing, elocution etc.

Celebrating Gandhiji’s Birthday

To undertake Padayatras with a view to create awareness.

Create exhibitions like ‘Mohan to Mahatma’ showing the main events of his life.

To publish the unpublished and rare books and periodicals. Also research articles.

Padayatra - for awareness of Gandhian Thought

Programmes on Rural Development Mahatma Gandhi introduced the concept of Gramswaraj and Sarvodaya. It was important to empower the villagers to be independent. To this end, GRF undertakes various rural development projects. These includes improvement in the schools, introduction of value education for

students, provision of financial and capacity building assistance for women, promotion of self help groups for starting cottage industries, Khadi, water conservation measures, tree plantation hygiene etc. etc.

Women’s self - employment training programme

Water Conservation check dams in villages


Gandhiana at Gandhi Teerth For those who are interested in getting more information about Gandhiji’s thought, work and life, the following is available at the Gandhi Teerth: •

Collection and preservation of the literature authored by and articles used by Mahatma Gandhi.

Collection of more than 5000 periodicals edited and published by Gandhiji.

Diaries written by Mahadevbhai and Manuben.

Collection of 152 speeches by Gandhiji in his own voice.

Collection of 85 Films based on Gandhiji’s life.

Collection of almost everything written about

Reading section of the library

Periodicals in various languages edited and published by Gandhiji

Gandhiji, including the first editions of the books authored by him. •

An extensive library containing 9000 books written on the various aspects of Gandhiji’s life.

Photo archives containing 5000 photographs on Gandhiji, 4250 photographs on Vinoba Bhave and 15000 photographs of different events and personalities related to Gandhiji and the Swaraj movement.

Stamps of 119 countries on Gandhiji.

1.9 lakh Digital pages containing correspondence and documents related to Gandhiji.

Stamps from 119 countries honouring Gandhiji.

Diaries of Gandhiji’s contemporaries


Entrance from the northern gate, flanked by four class rooms.

Glimpses from the ‘Khoj Gandhiji Ki’ Museum

The first section, which analyses your personality

The section showing Gandhiji’s growing years

Gandhiji’s experiments with himself

Gandhiji’s rooms in London while he was studying


Gandhiji’s humiliating experiences in South Africa in 3D animation

Advocating non-violence for liberation, a disturbed Gandhiji sits silently amidst the violence and unrest

Gandhiji’s struggle with the unjust authoritarian British rule in South Africa.


‘Birth of Satyagraha’ mural

Champaran, where farmers were forced to grow the non-remunerative Indigo crop by the British

Jallianvalabagh comes alive with the bullet ridden walls and cries of the hapless victims

Chauri-Chura Police station was burned when the peaceful demonstrators were attacked by policemen

Gandhiji went into deep contemplation - realising that people were not yet ready for non-violence.


A sculpture depicting Indians burdened with a callous government’s taxes

A feature showing a bonfire of imported clothes and fabrics

Gram Swaraj and Sarvodaya.

The Quit India Movement


Salient features of Gandhi Teerth... •

GRF was inaugurated on 25th March 2012 by the President of India, Pratibha Devisingh Patil.

A magnificent 81000 sq. ft sustainable structure scientifically built in Jodhpur stone, under green norms, to last for centuries.

Situated on the lush green, noise and pollution free afforested terrain of Jain Hills. Set within a beautifully landscaped garden, sprawling lawns and mango orchards.

Winner of the GRIHA Adarsh Award and Artists in Concrete Awards Asia Fest 2013-14.

The largest audio guided air-conditioned museum in the world based on the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi.

Audio available in three languages-Marathi, Hindi and English. Other languages to be added soon.

Museum has more than 30 sections equipped with Touch screen, Bioscope, Digital Books, 3-D Mapping and Animation, amalgamating different modern technologies.

It takes 2 hours 30 minutes to visit the Museum. Guides are available with each group.

A hyper realistic statue of Gandhiji, spinning in real time, can be seen by the visitors.

An Auditorium and an Amphitheatre, both accommodating 250 persons and equipped with all modern facilities.

Four spacious meeting/class rooms.

Souvenir Shop equipped with books, Khadi Clothes, Gift Items and handmade items.

Library and Archives for researchers and preservation.

A Food court for refreshments.

Comfortable guest house facility for outstation visitors.

Added attraction of Boating, Horse, Camel and Bullock cart rides.

Battery operated Car, Photographers and lockers available.

Situated 8 kms from Jalgaon railway station, 55 kms from Ajanta Caves, 140 kms from Ellora Caves and 160 kms from Aurangabad airport.

The service spirit of Ba

Love for creatures

Hyper realistic statue of Gandhiji


A view of Gandhi Teerth from the west gate

Additional attractions include: Boating, Horse, Camel, Bullock cart rides and comfortable accommodation and delicious vegetarian food.

Gandhi Research Foundation Gandhi Teerth, P. O. Box. 118, Jain Hills, Jalgaon - 425001. Tel: 0257-2264939; Fax: 0257-2261133; Website: www.gandhifoundation.net E-mail: info@gandhifoundation.net

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A joint venture of Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd. and Bhavarlal & Kantabai Jain Multipurpose Foundation.


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