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Gandhiji Ashram

Postal Address:
Dewan Mahatma Gandhi,
674 Jalan Kebun Bunga,

Gandhiji Ashram:

The Gandhiji Ashram, also known as Dewan Mahatma Gandhi, is a civic hall that belongs to the Hindu Mahajana Sangam, an association of waterfront coolies formed in 1935. It was built as a madayalam, also called madam, which is a religious retreat for use during celebrations such as the Thaipusam and Chitrapournami festivals. The Gandhiji Ashram is located adjacent to the Arulmigu Sree Ganeshar Temple, just below the Balathandayuthapani Temple, where the annual

Thaipusam celebrations are held. This association takes care of the labourers' welfare and taken took the shape of a labour union. The Dewan Mahatma Gandhi was so named in 1948 after Gandhi's assassination.

Dewan Mahatma Gandhi is used as a religious retreat. The also provides shelter to estate workers who come to Penang during the festivals. On 5 October, 2008, a ceremony was held at the Gandhiji Ashram to unveil a statue of Mahatma Gandhi. The ceremony was also to celebrate United Nation's International Day against violence and to commemorate the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. I was told afterwards by the ashram that the statue is actually made life size.


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Near By:

# Penang Municipal Park, left side of Jalan Kebun Bunga
# Sri Ganeshar Temple, within the same compound as the Balathandayuthapani Temple, left side of Jalan Kebun Bunga
# Balathandayuthapani Temple Left side of Jalan Kebun Bunga
# Moon Gate Left side of Jalan Kebun Bunga
# Penang Botanic Gardens End of Jalan Kebun Bunga
# Botanical Gardens Waterfalls Inside the Penang Botanic Gardens