Kids of today’s generation totally need the slice of history to educate them of the rich cultural and national heritage that our country is endowed with. This day had been kept aside for the Sardar Patel National Memorial Ahmedabad so that my kids could relate with the history of the land. Located in the Shahibaug, the museum dedicated to the great freedom fighter, is in the Moti Shahi Mahal, which was constructed by Shahjahan, the Mughal emperor. The year was between 1618 and 1622.
It is said that the when the reign passed on from the Mughals to the British, the palace came in control of the British and was being used as a cantonment. These are the incidents of mid-nineteenth century but it was not until 1975 and 1980 that the memorial was dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as we know it in the independent India.
We entered the premise and came across many memorials covering all of the ground floor where there are portraits of the great leader with his family and friends depicting his role in the freedom struggle. The entire exhibit is very nicely organized in chronological order with inputs from his friends and all those who admire him.
As we moved ahead, we came across several more proof of how Sardar fought alongside Mahatma Gandhi and contributed greatly for the independence of India. These were very inspirational and traced the movement of independence closely, which was very educative for my children. Interestingly, the next room has various other memorabilia of the leader and his personal items – his clothing and other personal stuff.
Also, on display is the flag of India, which was created in the year 1930-31 by the Indian National Congress. The contents of the Sardar Patel National Memorial Ahmedabad gave us an insight into the lives and times of our nationalist leaders and also rekindled the spirit of nationalism in us. As a memorial built exclusively to commemorate the lives and times of the great personality, it did full justice and more. From here we moved on to the Adalaj Step Well Ahmedabad.