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Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, Mumbai Throughout the year the Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, Mumbai, is engaged in various constructive programmes.

Mani Bhavan has a special significance in the history of our freedom struggle. Mahatma Gandhi often stayed here from 1917 to 1934. It bears witness to some of the momentous decisions and mighty movements in the glorious saga of our fight for freedom.

Mani Bhavan houses two organizations, which are engaged in the propagation of Gandhian Teachings. They are Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, Mumbai and Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya.

Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya looks after a museum of articles associated with Gandhiji. Nearly two hundred and fifty tourists including those from foreign countries come to Mani Bhavan every day to see this museum. There is a reference library containing mainly literature of the Independence movement, Gandhian Thought and Rural Development.

Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, Mumbai, was established with the object of conducting and promoting manifold constructive activities with which Mahatma Gandhi was associated during his lifetime. These activities were to be undertaken mainly in Mumbai.

Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, Mumbai branch, formally started functioning on 2nd October 1955 when Mani Bhavan was handed over to the then Gandhi Memorial Society. Shri G.V. Mavalankar, first speaker of the Lok Sabha inaugurated the Mani Bhavan Gandhi Memorial. The branch was thereafter registered under Society's Registration Act on 20/9/1962 and Bombay Public Trust Act on 13/3/1964.

In the early years of his public life in India, Bapu was groping for ways and means to freedom and was in search of a key which would unlock the door of India's hidden strength. Mani Bhavan had no small share in this groping and in this search.

Date : 2/10/1955

G.V. Mavlankar

First speaker of the Lok Sabha

Inaugural Address