Photographer's Note

On March 12, 1930 Gandhiji embarked on the historic Dandi March which lasted twenty-four days. The first batch of satyagrahis led by Gandhiji in the age group of sixteen to sixty-one years and numbering seventy-nine, hailed from different provinces.They were all active members of Gandhiji’s Sabarmati Ashram. A huge crowd followed them everywhere. On way to Dandi, Gandhiji stopped at different places, addressing lakhs of people who had gathered, explaining the objectives and mode of Civil Disobedience. People surged forward in large numbers to join the satyagrahis at different places.Gandhiji and his followers finally reached Dandi after a 241-mile long march. After picking up a lump of natural salt on the sea-shore, Gandhiji issued the statement, "Now that the technical or ceremonial breach of the salt law has been committed, it is now open to any one who would take the risk of prosecution under the salt law to manufacture salt wherever he wishes and wherever it is convenient. The villager should be fully instructed as to the incidence of the salt tax and the manner of breaking the laws and regulations connected with it so as to have the salt tax repealed".The defiance of Salt Laws became symbolic of the power of Satyagraha.
The entire nation responded to the Mahatma’s call. The defiance of Salt Tax by millions of people, arrest of Mahatma Gandhi and other prominent leaders, participation of women and students , ruthless violence by the British and the relentless struggle for freedom are all parts of history now. March 12, 1930, the day the Mahatma and his followers took the journey to Dandi to make salt is remembered in independent India as the Dandi March Day. 1930 April 6 At 6:30 am Gandhi breaks Salt Law at Dandi.

Gayarh murti (11 statues)
This massive black sculpture is sheer poetry in stone. The sculpture, by Devi Prasad Roy Choudhary, depicts the famous Dandi March led by Mahatma Gandhi in 1931 against oppressive salt taxes imposed by the British regime. This sculpture is locate outside President House can be seen by visitors entering New Delhi.This sculpture is dedicated to millions of Indian who participated in freedom struggle.

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