The biggest Mahatma Gandhi statue in Pondicherry
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A sculpted symbol of freedom. Martyrs’ Day
As the nation observes Martyrs' Day on January 30th, it resonates with the echoes of sacrifice and valour. Mahatma Gandhi, a trailblazing Indian lawyer, anti-colonial nationalist and political ethicist, was assassinated on this day in 1948. He spearheaded India's successful quest for independence from British rule.
On this day, a solemn ceremony unfolds at the Raj Ghat memorial, where national leaders meet to pay homage to the samadhi of Gandhi Ji. The armed forces perform a stirring exchange of arms as a powerful symbol of respect. The nation pauses in the morning for a two-minute moment of silence to honour Indian martyrs. Across the country, people engage in all-religion prayers, singing heartfelt tributes, as the day resonates with profound reflections on sacrifice and patriotism.