Remembering the Mahatma’s last visit to Mangalore

02 October 2009

What Mahatma Gandhi did in his quest for Independence was to travel across the nation as he wanted to understand his people and know his country.

Mangalore has over the past two centuries been attracting new thoughts and the people behind them. And the Father of the Nation came here for the third time in the year of 1934. He started his visit on 24th of February from Madikeri.

He traveled in a car to Mangalore from Madikeri by enjoying the beauty of nature revealed in western ghats. He addressed the public through out his journey. He collected Rs. 35 in Sampaje, Rs. 64 in Sullia, a gold ring from a girl and Rs. 101 from a leader in Puttur. Likewise the people donated according to their capacity. ( Mahatma had visited Mangalore in 1920 and 1927 previously)

On 27-2-1934 Mahathma started his journey through a ship towards Karwar from Kundapur. Meeraben also seen in the picture.

While coming to Kendra Mydhan from National Balika School he stopped at Bavutagudde to enjoy the commanding view of sunset. A meeting was organized in the evening. Rs. 2,368 was collected there. Later at 10 o’clock night he went to Karnad Sadashiva Ray’s house and met his mother. He congratulated his mother for being the mother of a patriot and freedom fighter.

The next day he left to Kapikad, Canara high school, Gurupura, Kinnigoli, Mulki and later he came to Udupi. A girl named Nirupama offered her gold bangle and gold chain. Later a conference was held in Kundapur. Rs. 5,037 and 10 Paise was collected on the way from Sampaje to Kundapur. On Feb 26 he remained silent as it was Monday. Next day he boarded on to ‘Dayavathi’ boat and left to Karwar and thus ended his last visit to the city.

source udayavani


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