Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Satyagraha House (Mahatma Gandhi's Home in South Africa)

I was browsing the web today and came across Satyagraha House. Mahatma Gandhi's home in the midst of present day suburban Johannesburg. Gandhiji  or Bapu (as we Indians refer to him ) lived in this house from from 1908 to 1909. 

When this property came on to the market, French company Voyageurs du Monde, which specialises in exotic travel destinations all over the world, added this location to their portfolio. After extensive restoration, the original bungalow has been turned into a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi and his philosophy. The heritage-listed site has been converted into a guesthouse. Guest rooms have been added with a strict adherence to Gandhi's principles of austerity and restraint, resulting in a meditative space.

The interiors of this home has been created by Former Marie Claire Maison stylist Christine Puech and her colleague at Voyageurs du Monde, Amit Zadok.  The white cottons used through out the home, complements the furniture that was made locally and sourced from India. Charpoys, or Indian beds, are used as additional seating and day beds, and curtains are made out of cotton dhotis which Gandhiji adopted as his dress on his return to India.

Gandhiji's memorabilia is found throughout the guesthouse. Click here to read more about this fascinating restoration and to view more pictures of this home.





 
 
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2 comments:

susy said...

Hello I have just come across your site while searching for information about Mahatma Ghandi and was fascinated about the restoration project of one of his former homes - the bungalow is beautiful! I'm actually selling my home - I live in a beautiful area of Northwest England by the sea called Lytham St. Annes. when I bought my house 7 yrs ago I was told by previous owners that during the 1930's Ghandi had been a guest in this house which was then owned by the Mayor of Blackburn & Darwin in Lancashire as Ghandi was visiting the Lancashire cotton mills. I am quite a spiritual person myself & live by his philosophies & love the thought of him being here... People always remark on the colours & feel that my house has and the sense of calm it brings ( I always tell them it's the Ghandi effect!! ) i hope that the next owners of this house have as much love and respect for it's history as i have. It was built in 1903 & is so lovely and strong i'm sure it will be here in another 100 yrs.

Anu Varma said...

Thank you so much for stopping by Susy. You are so lucky to be living in such a fascinating house. Good luck and all the best.

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