Odisha: Mahatma Gandhi statue unveiled in Dhumat village in state’s Kendrapara district

 A statue of Mahatma Gandhi was unveiled at Dhumat village in Odisha’s Kendrapara district the place the Father of the Nation stayed throughout his padayatra in 1934. Kendrapara MLA and former minister Sashibhusan Behera unveiled the statue on Tuesday night time on the event of the 89th anniversary of Gandhiji’s go to to Dhumat on Could 30, 1934.

To remind folks of the importance of the 1934 padayatra and spotlight the Mahatma’s function within the freedom wrestle, the gram panchayat of Indupur constructed the fibre statue. Folks from numerous walks of life paid wealthy tribute to the daddy of the nation who stayed in Dhumat village on Could 30, 1934, throughout his padayatra. The assembly was organized by the district freedom fighters’ Affiliation and the district administration.

Mahatma Gandhi took a shower whereas sitting on a stone at Dhumat village throughout his padayatra. Some villagers carried water from the close by river in buckets and Gandhiji took a shower whereas sitting on the stone at Dhumat. This stone is preserved within the place the place Mahatma took a shower. A pedestal and the half-bust statues of Gandhiji and Utkalmani Gopabandhu Das have been constructed close to the showering stone of the Father of Nation.

“We’re fortunate that the Father of Nation had visited our riverside nondescript village. Folks right here worship the showering stone (Gandhi Sila) and the pedestal,” mentioned Dr Biranchi Narayan Jagdev, a retired doctor of Dhumat. “The padayatra by Gandhiji was probably the most vital occasions within the nation’s freedom wrestle. Gandhi additionally allowed Dalits to enter the temples in some villages throughout his lengthy stroll in Odisha in 1934”, mentioned Bhajakrushna Rout, a retired faculty instructor of the district within the assembly.

Throughout his 1934 padayatra, Gandhi had spent 5 days in Kendrapara district and toured totally different locations. Amongst those that had accompanied Gandhi have been Meera Ben, Gopabandhu Choudhury, Rajkrushna Bose, Rama Devi, a German youth Ok Kuto, Uma Bajaj, Binod Kanungo, Surendranath Pattnayak, Manmohan Choudhury, Jadumani Mangaraj and lots of others, mentioned Dr Basudev Das a researcher of Kendrapara.

Villagers of Dhumat, Indupur and close by areas took a plunge into the liberty wrestle in response to a name given by Gandhi after the go to of Gandhi to their villages. In reminiscence of Mahatma Gandhi, a thatched Ashram was additionally inbuilt 1938. However within the tremendous cyclone in 1999 October the Ashram had been fully broken, added Dr Das. 

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