Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial: The small house of a big man
Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial was the residence of Lal Bahadur Shastri, the second Prime Minister of India located in New Delhi. In fact, this bungalow is a symbol of Shastriji’s simplicity and humility. Lal Bahadur Shastri, honored with Bharat Ratna’s title, resided in this Lutyens Bungalow from 1952 to 1966.
This small bungalow has kept the memory of the freedom fighter of the smallest extent of Mughal Sarai, who had lived his life in extreme poverty, but he was a very powerful person of the country.
This bungalow was allotted to Lal Bahadur Shastri when he was a Union Minister. Due to his simplicity, he kept his own house even after becoming Prime Minister and did not go to the big bungalow. In 1964, he organized a cabinet meeting in a small room in the same house of Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial.
In Lahore, Shastri raised the morale of the Indian Army
Pakistan’s generals used to ridicule Indian politicians by calling them ‘dhoti prasad’. But in the Indo-Pak war of 1965, Lal Bahadur Shastri of this small stature had given the longest order, which consequently Indian forces crossed the international boundaries to Lahore. Lal Bahadur Shastri raised the morale of his army after reaching Lahore of Pakistan.
The wheat was planted by Shastriji in this bungalow
The second crisis in front of Lal Bahadur Shastri was the low yielding of agriculture. In those days people were starving. He urged the people to sacrifice food at one time so that hungry people could get food. They planted crops of wheat in this bungalow. The earrings of wheat grown by Shastri are still preserved in this museum.
Lal Bahadur Shastri was the first leader who understood the feelings and importance of farmers and soldiers. He gave the slogan “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan“, which was echoed in Hindustan and people also understood their importance.
Shastriji's Fiat Car standing in the memorial
The Lal Bahadur Shastri Museum shows the public and private life of Shastriji. A Fiat car bought by Shastriji in Portico is standing behind the museum. Shastriji took it on loan from Punjab National Bank. The 1964 model has the number E6. The loan of this car was repaid by his widow Lalita Shastri.
Shastri's body was placed in the verandah of the memorial
Shastri's body was placed in the veranda of the memorial
Memorial has a bone urn of Shastriji
Without Lalita Shastri, the story of Lal Bahadur Shastri is incomplete. In fact, behind the Shastri, he had the Holy Spirit of his wife, who paved the way for his kindness, honesty, and perseverance to proceed with it. Lalita Shastri’s devotion to Shastriji was so strong that she made Shastri so successful that she succeeded in her mission.
In Lal Bahadur Shastri Smriti there is a small urn where Shastriji’s bones were kept. There is also a large pot of Ashtadhatu, by which the body of Shastri’s was bathed. Lalita Shastri used the water kept in the same pot. When the water was reduced in the pot, it would have been filled it again by her.
His widow Lalita Shastri died after 27 years of Lal Bahadur Shastri’s death. As long as she lived, she went to Shastriji’s Samadhi ‘Vijay Ghat’ every morning to pray. After the death of Lalita Shastri, this bungalow was turned into a museum in the memory of Lal Bahadur Shastri.
The Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial was inaugurated by former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on May 7, 2005. All the items related to Shastri’s life in this memorial show Shastri’s hard work, honesty, and simplicity.
Memorial has Lalita Shastri's kitchen and worship room
The interior of Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial is divided into many forms. Among them, things used in the use of Shastriji have been displayed. The interior building has a drawing room, an entrance room, a bedroom and a veranda behind the building. In a second section, there is a small bedroom, which has very simple furniture. It reflects the standard life of Shastriji and the ideals of high thinking. In other rooms, there is a small worship room and kitchen of Lalita Shastri.
The kitchen is small and simple. There are some brass and copper utensils, stove, fireplace and a very simple gas stove. Other things related to Shastri’s social-political life have been displayed in some internal places. Shastriji’s foreign relations have been depicted through photographs, mementos, art objects etc.
Shastriji's personal items are displayed in the memorial
In one section Shastriji’s personal items have been displayed. One of the attractions of this display is their khadi clothes. There is a woolen coat, which was given to him by India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. His pens, wooden slipper, glasses and many other things have been displayed in the museum.
In Lal Bahadur Shastri Smriti, there is an office room on the back side of the building, where he used to do important work of his office at home. A door from this room opens up behind the bungalow, where he had his Prime Minister’s office in the adjoining bungalow. This adjoining Bungalow is 10 Janpath, which is now the residence of former Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Now he has been pulled apart by a high wall.
Location of Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial
1, Motilal Nehru Palace, Near 10 Janpath, Man Singh Road Area, New Delhi 110011
Contact: Phone + 91-11-23794224
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How to reach?
Distance from Connaught Place (Rajiv Chowk Metro Stations): 3 Kms. It takes 7 minutes to get here from Connaught Place by car. You can download the app of ‘Ola’ or ‘Uber’ cab and travel in cab anywhere in Delhi in a reasonable price. Apart from this, you will find the option of auto rick everywhere.
Nearest Metro Station: Udyog Bhawan
Buses run from all important places for Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial. For this, you can click on ‘Bus & Metro Routes’.
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission Tickets: Free
Photography: Photography of Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial building and outside area are allowed. But photography is not allowed inside the memorial.
Time to tour: half an hour
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