Nestled in the residential area of Orchards in Johannesburg was the home of Mahatma Gandhi for a brief period of one year, from 1908 to 1909. It took a historian, curator, interior designers, and their teams to have guests accommodate themselves in addition to being a museum dedicated to a great martyr.
The connotation of Passive Resistance (Satyagraha) was coined and evolved in during Gandhi’s stay in South Africa when he was stopped several times during his train travels, when he would occasionally travel in the all – white wagon and would find no reason not to. Thus it is believed by many, that when Mahatma Gandhi left the country at the age of 46, he ignited a spirit of freedom in the hearts of everyone, including that of Nelson Mandela. For this reason, the Satyagraha House seems to have an imprint that was left behind by Mahatma Gandhi.
Even through the passage of time, Gandhi’s life can be traced in the Satyagraha house and his presence can still be very much felt. He remained strong in his principles and evoked a sense of boldness in everyone, while being simple at the same time. Quiet spots in the house and the garden lure people to employ this space to meditate. The rooms in the guest houses do not permit non – vegetarian food or television sets. The guest house thus gives a serene and hushed ambience for those who want to make the most of the tranquillity.
Registered as a historical heritage, this house was built in the style of an African kraal with thatched roofs. The public open spaces in the Satyagraha House has passages of pictures and explanations which takes a visitor through the life and chapter of Mahatma Gandhi’s stay through his 21 years in South Africa.