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October 2nd is Gandhi Jayanthi - the birth date of the father of our nation. Mahatma Gandhi is perhaps one of the most recognised leaders from across the world. Today, on his 145th birthday, our beloved Bapu continues to be omnipresent among us - not only in the philosophy and ideologies of our country, but also through various statues and busts that have been built to commemorate him across India.
This Gandhi Jayanthi, you can take your child on a trail across Bangalore and discover statues of this great leader - a few displayed with grandeur and a few tucked away in forgotten by lanes of Bangalore.
Gandhi statues at MG Park
Nestled in the quiet corners of Mahatma Gandhi Park or MG park, on MG Road near Chinnaswamy Cricket Stadium, there are three statues of Mahatma Gandhi. The first one of him in a meditative pose is close to the entrance, the second statue is located in the centre of the park and the third, more notable statue is of Gandhi with his two grandnieces and constant companions, Abha and Manu.
Anand Rao Circle
There is a big bust of Mahatma Gandhi statue in Anand Rao Circle. This statue is spruced up every year for Gandhi Jayanti.
Gandhi at CMH road
According to a news report by Live Mint, a Gandhi statue stands in a lane that cuts through the Chinmayananda Mission Hospital (CMH) Road in Indira Nagar in Bangalore. On Independence Day, Republic Day and 2 October, residents conduct a flag-hoisting ceremony near the statue. Nobody in the neighbourhood or the municipality knows who put up this sculpture.
New Statue at Vishan Soudha
On October 2nd, 2014 a new 27-foot bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi will be unveiled to the public. The statue is predicted to be the world’s biggest bust of Gandhi in a meditative posture costing 1 crore, and required 19 tonnes of bronze and seven tonnes of stainless steel.