Mathura 2011.01.30 (AU)à¥¤ After Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination on Jan. 30, 1948, his ashes were poured into urns that were sent across India for memorial services. Most were immersed at the Sangam at Allahabad on 12 February 1948, but one of the urns was also brought to Mathura. Brijwasis thus also had the opportunity to scatter the Father of the Nation’s ashes into the holy Yamuna. Thousands of people from the region came on the occasion to join the silent march with their eyes lowered in grief.
Vrindavan chairman Prof. Krishna Chandra brought the urn with Gandhi’s ashes from Delhi. On February 11, 1948, Kedarnath Bhargav brought them from Vrindavan to Mathura. In the evening, a beautifully decorated car took the urn from Seth Lakshman Das Poddar Bag, escorted by thousands of grief-stricken citizens. This was an unforgettable moment in the history of Mathura.
The procession came as far as Gandhi Park. There the urn was placed on a dias in Lakshmi Das Hall. Then, while members of different religions read from their holy books, thousands of people filed past the urn to pay their last respects to the Mahatma.
The next day, another procession left Lakshmi Das Hall with the urn and came to Vishram Ghat. There a nicely decorated boat was waiting to carry the ashes into the middle of the Yamuna. Thousands of people stood on the ghats and on the bridge. At exactly 1 o’clock, Kedarnath Bhargav scattered the ashes on the Yamuna.
That evening a huge meeting was held in honor of the Mahatma.
Mathura, 2011.01.30 (AU)à¥¤ When Mahatma Gandhi was leading the independence movement, great numbers of people from the Braj area joined him. From the time of the Non-cooperation movement (1920-1922), Congress leaders made frequent visits to Braj.
As a part of the non-cooperative movement, people gave up titles bestowed on them by the British government, stopped working for the government, stopped frequenting the British courts, councils, schools and colleges, and used only products made in India.
In 1911, Gandhi gave a speech in Mathura on Kotwali Road in Kelan Ganj or Collector Ganj. Other leaders who were present with him included Maulana Shaukat Ali and Dr. Ansari. The meeting was presided over by Dr. Munnalal.
In 1915, during Gandhi’s cultural tour of India, he stopped in Vrindavan and visited the Prem Mahavidyalaya, Gurukula and Ramkrishna Mission hospital.
On Nov. 8, 1930, Bapu came to Mathura and visited goshalas in the area. He was very disturbed by the pitiful condition of the cows. He found the goshalas in Govardhan to be in an even worse state than those of Mathura.
On the day of Gandhi’s assassination, Jan. 30, 1948, a general strike was called in Mathura. A huge march was conducted in complete silence on that day and many people held a fast in mourning in Bhagat Singh Park.
A present-day Gandhian, former MLA and senior Congress leader Hukum Chand Tiwari said, “Mahatma Gandhi was a complete man. He fought the battle for independence by means of non-violence, and so established the standards of political and social life for this country.”