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A Memorial for the Dandi Marchers

Navsari, Gujarat

August 09, 2021


The National Salt Satyagraha Memorial, Dandi, is one of the best memorials dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi around the world. It has been conceived as an experimental journey recreating the spirit and the energy of the historic Dandi March, 1930. It has been built at the site where Gandhiji and his fellow marchers picked up salt from the sea beach to break the Salt Law of then British India. The Memorial takes the citizens step-to-step in understanding the history of the March and the methodology of Satyagraha, that finally led to India's freedom from colonial rule.

A statue of Gandhiji inside a pyramid of light, followed by a cluster of life-size bronze casted sculptures of the 80 fellow marchers. A light pyramid is formed every evening, rising and lighting the salt crystal at the sky top. There is an artificial lake along which 24 bass-relief sculptural narrative murals are mounted, depicting the events and themes of the Dandi March. In addition, the complex houses a library, a book shop, an auditorium, and an activity space. Visitors can make a pinch of salt that can be taken away as a memory of their visit to the Memorial. The main statue of Gandhiji has been designed by renowned Indian Sculptor Sadashiv Sathe, and 40 sculptors from around the world were invited to cast 80 marchers.

Source: National Salt Satyagraha Memorial Booklet, MoC Publication.