Aga Khan Palace the palace which is considered as the monument of National importance by Archeological Survey of India present in the cultural city of Maharashtra. The palace was built by Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III in 1892. The Italian Architecture of the palace with 5 halls make you fall in love with the palace. Most of the people are still unaware, about the purpose behind the construction of the palace!! strange!!
So, first let’s figure out the purpose behind the construction of the Aga Khan Palace.
Why the Aga Khan Palace constructed?
Basically, the construction of the palace was an act of charity by the Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III. As the area surrounded by Pune was hit by famine and the economic condition of the locals started deteriorating. To make the local economy streamline again and to generate employment Aga Khan initiated the construction of the palace.
But today the beautiful building is popular because of the national movement.
The connection of the Palace with the Indian National Movement
Today the palace is mostly known because of its importance in the Indian National Movement and its connection with Mahatma Gandhi. The graceful palace was used as a jail where Mahatma Gandhi with some prominent nationalist leaders was interned by the British Government during Quit India Movement in 1942. Now the palace is converted into Gandhi National Memorial and in 2003, Archaeological Survey of India declared it as a monument of National importance.
Kasturba Gandhi, the Mahatma’s wife, and Mahadeobhai Desai, his secretary for 35 years, died here in confinement. You’ll find their shrines (containing their ashes) in a quiet garden to the rear.
The Kasturba Mahila Khadi Gramudyog Vidyalaya is present in the campus of the Aga Khan Palace. While roaming around the palace you will see the handicrafts of Khadi for sale.
The 5 halls of the palace are filled with the memories of Bapu and some prominent leaders of Quit India Movement. The complex contains the rich collection of the personal items and photographs of the important incidents of Bapu’s life.
The air inside the premises is filled with the ideology of Ahimsa. The ideology which was seeded by our Rishis, taught by Lord Buddha, and implemented by Emperor Ashoka, which was converted into the shield by Bapu against British. And today it is one of the pillars of Modern India.
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