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Sevagram, Maharashtra Travel Guide

Sevagram is near Wardha city (about 8 km) in the State of Maharashtra. It is a small village hosting the Ashram of Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhiji lived here for quite a long time with his wife Kasturba. The land about 300 acres was given to Gandhiji by the businessman Jamunalal Bajaj as a token of service. The place was known as Shegaon earlier and Gandhiji changed (since there is another place with the same name) the name into Sevagram. Sevagram hosts ashrams used by Gandhiji and his wife along with ashrams (Kutis) used by Mahatma?s disciples. Bapu Kuti, Ba Kuti, Mahadev Desai kuti and Meera Ben kutis are still there for the visitors to view. It is a typical Gandhi ashram observing all the discipline of a true Gandhian life. The place was a thick forest area when Gandhiji landed up there. Meera Ben had already settled there even before Gandhi could arrive. Meera Ben helped Gandhi to construct a full pledged ashram complex. There used to be a common kitchen shared by all creeds and castes. The famous ?three monkeys? doll made in China clay is here for the display along with other articles used by Gandhi. Mahatma Gandhi stayed here for more than 7 years. Even today Sevagram follows the same routine that was followed during Gandhi?s stay: that includes early morning prayers, timely lunch, spinning and self help service such as cleaning the toilets, cooking and cutting vegetables etc. The place hosts a Medical college and an Engineering college providing standard education to the students from the rural background. The ashram vows to follow the non- violence as preached by Gandhi, the Swadeshi principle, and equal treatment of all religions. The Ashram aims at teaching self reliance and ?sarvodaya? (welfare of all). The inmates of the ashram will have to abide by the strict discipline. Sevagram is about 8 km away from Wardha railway station. Nagpur (about 74 km from Wardha) is the nearest airport. Wardha is well connected to Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Pune by train.

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