Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the father of the Indian nation who has been often called as ‘Mahatma’ (meaning ‘The Great Soul’) was born at Porbandar, in Gujarat, of the North West India, on 2nd October 1869, in a Hindu merchant caste family. His father was the Chief Minister of Porbandar, and his mother’s religious devotion made him to be infused with the Jain pacifist teachings of mutual tolerance, non-injury to living beings and vegetarianism. The greatest light of India was put off on 1948 by an unpredictable Tsunami of fanaticism. Though he passed away, his belief of simplicity, self-purification, and peaceful co-existence have been remaining as hopes to the oppressed and the marginalized people throughout the world.
The greatest homage contributed by the people of India is the erection of Gandhi Mandapam at Kanyakumari and it still remains the most fascinate, devotional and attractive tourist spots in India It is a historical significant place as it is the place where the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi was kept before it was scattered in the seas. The Gandhi Mandapam has been located very close to the Kanyakumari temple, and is situated next to the famous Anna University at Kanyakumari. The Mahatma Gandhi Memorial or Gandhi Mandapam is one among the frequently tourists visiting attractions in Kanyakumari.
There is an urn kept in the Gandhi Mandapam which once had contained the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi. The plaque on the urn mentions the date when the ashes were kept. Acharya Kriplani, one of the greatest disciples of Mahatma Gandhi took the initiation of constructing a memorial for Mahatma. As per the records the foundation stone was laid in 1954 and the Mandapam and its construction were completed by 1956 that signifies the Orissa temple architectural qualities. Gandhi Memorial was completed in the year 1956; and its central pink façade shape is exactly 79 feet high representing the age of the Mahatma. The highlight of the building is the presence of an opening at its ceiling which is positioned in such a way that each October 2nd, the anniversary of Gandhi's birthday, the sunlight that comes through it falls on the exact spot where his ashes sat.. The memorial was transferred to the administrative control of the Public (Information and Public Relations) Department from Public Works Department of Government of Tamil Nadu in the year 1978.
It is kept opened between 7am to 7 pm and no entry fees are collected from the visitors.