Mani Bhavan is a simple old-style, two storied building on Laburnum Road, Mumbai. The house belonged to Shri Revashankar Jhaveri, Gandhi’s friend and host in Mumbai. Whenever he was in Mumbai between 1917 to 1934, Gandhi stayed here. It was from here that he initiated Civil Disobedience, Satyagraha, Swadeshi, Khadi and Khilafat movements. Mani Bhavan stood witness to the important movements of Indian freedom struggle. It is now converted into a museum and research centre.
The Library on the ground floor consists of more than
books in Reference and Lending sections. It contains books by and on Gandhiji and Gandhian thought and allied subjects.
It subscribes to 50 periodicals on Gandhian thought Peace-research and different social sciences.
On the first floor is the auditorium where films on Gandhiji are shown from time to time and recordings of his speeches are played on request. It is also used for holding meetings, seminars, discussions and various competitions for school and college students arranged by the Gandhi Study' Circle.
The room on the second floor which used to be the living room and working place of
Gandhiji has been preserved as far as possible in its original setting.
Glimpses of Gandhi In Mini Figures
Adjoining Gandhiji's Room is the exhibition depicting Gandhiji's life through mini figures in about twenty-eight tableaux, prepared by Smt. Sushila Gokhale-Patel.
The rooms on either side of the exhibition have been turned into a Picture Gallery which gives glimpses of Gandhiji in Mani Bhavan and important events in his life. It displays photographic posters depicting important events and Photostats of some significant letters, articles and documents written by and about Gandhiji with appropriate captions in Hindi and English. A few replicas of Gandhiji's belongings and models of his birth place, Sabarmati Ashram, Sevagram Kutir, Phoenix Ashram and his prison cell are also on display.
A bronze plaque with an inscription now marks the place of the tent in which Gandhiji was arrested in January, 1932. He used to sleep and hold his prayers on this terrace.
Mani Bhavan is recognised as a Research Institute preparing students for Ph.D. degree in Gandhian Thought and Rural Development by University of Bombay.
At the sales counter in the entrance hall are sold Gandhi Postage Stamps, Photographs, Gandhian Literature, Statues, Medallions etc.
9.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. on all days