Mahatma Gandhi is the father of the nation which is not a new fact for us. His birthday, celebrated on October 2, is one of three national holidays in India. Gandhi’s birthday is known as Gandhi Jayanti in India. It is commemorated with a prayer for peace, ceremonies, and with singing “Raghupathi Raghava Rajaram,” Gandhi’s favourite song. To honour Gandhi’s message of nonviolence, the United Nations declared October 2 as the International Day of Nonviolence which went into effect in 2007. The fact that he had been the ‘father of the nation’, there are other lesser-known facts that have been forgotten in light of his great accomplishments?
Mahatma Gandhi, was a powerful voice for peace during a very volatile time in India’s history. It this article we’d be talking about five lesser known facts about him.
1. Gandhi ate fruit, nuts, and seeds for five years but switched back to strict vegetarianism after suffering health problems.
2. He took an early vow to avoid milk products, however, after his health began to decline, he relented and started drinking goat’s milk. He sometimes travelled with his goat to ensure that the milk was fresh and that he wasn’t given cow or buffalo milk.
3. Through a prearranged marriage, Gandhi was wed at age 13; his wife was one year older.
4. An urn that once contained Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes is now at a shrine in Los Angeles.
5. The teachers at his London law school complained incessantly about his bad handwriting.
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