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15 Famous Statues of Mahatma Gandhi across the World

Updated on December 16, 2015

Mahatma - The Great Soul

Standing larger than life - Mahatma Gandhi at Baroda (Vadodara), India
Standing larger than life - Mahatma Gandhi at Baroda (Vadodara), India | Source

Mahatma Gandhi is one of the best known leaders and a transcendental figure of the world. Mahatma means 'Great Soul' and this has been proved beyond doubt by not only his actions throughout his life but also by the recognition of his philosophy of non-violence the world over. Recognising his contribution during 20th century, 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, has been declared as 'the International Day of Non-Violence' in 2007 by the General Assembly.

Different countries remember him by organizing different programmes every year and over 70 countries have installed statues of Mahatma Gandhi. 15 Selective statues erected in his remembrance across the world including one in India are being presented in this Hub.

#1. Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

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Non-violent resistance of Mahatma Gandhi originated at Pietermaritzburg. In 1893, while travelling to Pretoria, Gandhi was thrown off the train at the instance of a white-man who objected to his travelling in a first class compartment, though he had a valid first class ticket. This famous incident changed the course of life of Gandhi when he vowed to fight out racial discrimination and decided to stay back in South Africa. This statue at Pietermaritzburg marks the centenary of this happening.

#2. Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Mahatma Gandhi's statue was erected at The Churchillaan in 1995. This street is named after Churchill, the wartime Prime Minister of England who once refused to receive Mahatma Gandhi commenting that Gandhi was a naked fakir. History has curious coincidences.

#3. Johannesburg, South Africa

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This, perhaps, is the only statue showing a younger Gandhi. Unveiled on October 2, 2003, this is quite a tall bronze statue, positioned on a 5 m tall plinth. In his lawyer attire with a book under his arm and his cloak blowing with breeze, the young Gandhi looks quite impressive. Tinka Christopher did a marvellous job by producing this 2.5 metres statue in three months.

#4. Peace Abbey in Sherborn, Massachusetts

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It may sound strange but is true that a full size replica of statue of Mahatma Gandhi is available on loan from the Peace Abbey in Sherborn, Massachusetts. The Statue can be hosted by any educational institute or organisation. On October 28, 2010, the entrance gate of Goldman Sachs in Boston was blocked by placing this travelling statue of Mahatma Gandhi with a poster in his hand reading - 'The World Holds Enough for Everyone's Need, But Not for Everyone's Greed'. Earlier such exercises were done by St. John's Prep and St. Peter's College to inculcate social justice and non-violence among students in 2009 and 2010 respectively.

#5. Washington, USA

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Located on the north side at 2100 block of Massachusetts Av., N. W. is the famous building of the Indian Embassy. There is a small park, triangular in shape, which accommodates the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in stride. Gifted by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations, this statue is a creation of Gautam Pal and is positioned on a ruby red granite excavated from Karnataka. This 8 ft 8 inch bronze statue was dedicated by Sh. Atal Behari Vajpayee, the then Prime Minister of India, on September 16, 2000.

(b) Washington, USA

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The snow clad Embassy Building and the Statue of Mahatma Gandhi following the first North American blizzard on February 5-6, 2010. Gandhi faced many rough weathers during his lifetime.

#6. The Hague, The Netherlands

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This statue of Mahatma Gandhi was presented to the Municipality of The Hague by the Surinami Institute of Netherlands, on behalf of the Surinami community. Situated at Hobbemaplein, the Statue was designed by Karel Gomes and unveiled on June 25, 2004.

#7. Honolulu, Hawaii

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Installed on October 27, 1990 at the largest Municipal Park ( Kapi'olani Park) on the Hawaiian Islands, the Statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Waikiki, Honolulu is a major attraction in otherwise busy place having Zoo and Aquarium. Stephen C. Lowe designed it for the Gandhi Memorial International Foundation.

#8. Nicosia, Republic of Cyprus

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Sculpted by Ms. Ratnabali Kant, this bronze bust was sent by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations in September, 2005. This bust has been placed right next to the Parliament building of Cyprus indicating the importance given to it by the Government there.

#9. Almaty, Kazakhstan

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Sculpted by Gautam Pal, the statue of Gandhi was sent by Indian Council of Cultural Relations for installation at Almaty, Kazakhstan

11. Rio de Janeiro city, Brazil

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Statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Cinelandia at Rio de Janeiro city in Brazil has been installed under the cultural exchange programme. Gandhi's philosophy of non-violence is being propagated by the Government of Brazil and NGOs, among students, youth and even police. His philosophy has an international appeal.

#10. London, England

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Unveiled in 1968 by the then Prime Minister Harold Wilson, this statue of Mahatma Gandhi is a centre-piece of the Tavistock Square. The statue was sculpted by Fredda Brilliant and is a popular statue.

#12. Geneva, Switzerland

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'My life is my message' (Ma vie est mon message) is inscribed on this statue at Geneva. The one and a half life size bronze statue was installed on November 14, 2007 to commemorate 60th year of the treaty of Indo-Swiss friendship. This gift of Government of India shows Mahatma Gandhi in a sitting posture while reading a book. Gautam Pal from Kolkata sculpted this statue.

#13. Ottawa, Canada

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Carleton University in Canada has Canada-India Centre for Excellence in Science, Technology, Trade and Policy. Located in new River Building of the University and in front of this Centre a life-size statue of Mahatma Gandhi in standing position has been unveiled on October 2, 2011.

#14. Plaza Cinco de Mayo, Panama

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Mahatma Gandhi's statue at Plaza Cinco de Mayo is considered to be the cultural heritage of the nation of Panama and is located at a prime site.

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#15. New Delhi, India

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The interior of the Gandhi National Museum at Delhi has many articles belonging to Mahatma Gandhi like his pocket watch, spectacles, shawl and blood stained dhoti as also the bullet which hit him. But the exterior has a beautiful statue of Mahatma Gandhi flanked by two children holding dove in their hands on either side as if they are welcoming the visitors to the Museum. The statue has been sculpted by the renowned sculptor Ram Sutar with an inscription at the base of the statue - 'My life is my message'. This is one of the most visited Museums at Delhi.

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    John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 3 years ago from Philippine

    Great hub, when I first saw the title, I been searching in my brain why is he, I mean, his name is familiar and I just can't recall. So, thanks for sharing it.

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    srsddn 3 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

    PaoloJpm, I am glad you recalled Mahatma Gandhi and liked the Hub. I wonder if there is any statue of Mahatma in your country also.

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    Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

    You have done the greatest job of teaching a little bit about the greatest man India or even the world itself has ever seen. Nice text and fantastic photos. Learning something about Gandhiji is a good thing for all as he was man of all positive qualities. It is a brilliant attempt on your part. I hope you write more about him in the coming days as people, especially of outside India, need to learn more about him. Thank you for sharing your knowledge here. I may also bring your attention to the fact at certain places you have omitted to add photo credit. Please check it. God work. Voted up.

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    srsddn 3 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

    Sunil, I am glad you have gone through this Hub with interest. Gandhiji really needs to be known more and more and it is a great tribute to him that many countries have now recognised his contribution for peace. Thanks for pointing out the omissions. I hope you may find it in order now.

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    Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

    You are welcome. Yes, it is in order now. Thank you.

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    Elias Zanetti 3 years ago from Athens, Greece

    Nice hub and really interesting pics of Ghandhi. Thanks for sharing!

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    srsddn 3 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

    Elias Zanetti, I am glad you liked the pictures. Thanks for visiting the Hub.

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    Radhika Sreekanth 3 years ago from Mumbai,India

    Superb collection of Gandhi's photos! Great efforts and today I learned that our father had been so famous worldwide!

    Voted up, beautiful and interesting! Shared too.

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    srsddn 3 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

    radhikasree, Gandhiji is really a world figure. Our younger generation needs to learn more to appreciate his contribution to India and the world. Thanks for visiting and all the supporting words.

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    Mahaveer Sanglikar 3 years ago from Pune, India

    Great information with beautiful photographs. Thank you for writing this great photo feature. I am sharing it with my hub followers, as well as my facebook friends.

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    srsddn 3 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

    jainismus, I am glad you liked the photos of Gandhiji. It is a matter of satisfaction that the world is realising the role of Mahatma for maintaining peace. Thanks for sharing with hubbers and facebook friends.

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    Leena 3 years ago from new delhi

    I learnt so much more about our 'Father of the nation' today...didn't realize he was so popular the world over.

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    srsddn 3 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

    fivesenses, I feel the world has recognised the philosophy of Mahatama Ji more than what we have done in India. There is a need to make the younger generation aware about his contributions which are normally read out of context by many. Thanks for visiting.

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    Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

    It is really not surprising he had so many statues erected in his honor; Gandhi was truly a great man. Sharing!

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    srsddn 3 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

    midget38, Mahatma Gandhi has really created place in the world because of his non-violence approach. Thanks for visiting.

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    Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

    Great hub about a great person, thank you for sharing. Voted up.

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    srsddn 3 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

    Thanks for your support, Vellur. Mahatma Gandhi was really great and his philosophy is meaningful, may even more today. Have a nice time.

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    deergha 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

    Nice hub ..thank you for sharing. Voted up and shared across.

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    PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

    Hi,

    I voted up as this is about one of my most favorite people in the world. And thank you for writing about him.

    If only we had a time machine, he would be one of the first people I would visit. Such a beautiful soul and we need him now more than ever.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    JR Krishna 3 years ago from India

    Very good collection. I did not know that there are statues of mahatma Gandhi at these many places.

    Thanks for sharing this

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    srsddn 3 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

    dghbrh, thanks for stopping by and the support. I am glad you liked the Hub.

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    srsddn 3 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

    Bobbi, I was overwhelmed by the involvement of people specially students on the birthday of Gandhi ji here yesterday. I am glad that his philosophy has been recognised in other parts of the world as well. Thank for visiting and your nice comments.

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    srsddn 3 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

    thumbi7, Thanks for visiting. There are many more but I have picked up on a few of the statues of Gandhi ji. I will add more shortly. Have a nice day!

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    Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

    Interesting hub and well thought out. I enjoyed seeing the different statues in all the different places. The man was certainly well liked.

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    srsddn 3 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

    Ann1Az2, I am glad you liked the statues of Mahatma Gandhi at different places. He has recently been remembered on January 30, the day he was assassinated. Thanks for stopping by. Have a nice time!

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    Glensie J D 2 years ago

    Hi srsddn. Thanks for posting this as this greatly interests me. I love Mahatma Gandhi and his wisdom. I would definitely try to visit these monuments whenever I get a time off from work! Bookmarking this. Voted up!

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    srsddn 2 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

    Thanks for stopping by, Maria. I am going to add a few more next month. Have a nice day.

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    Belinda 2 weeks ago from Kenya

    Well researched hub nice to know about Gandhi

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    srsddn 2 weeks ago from Dehra Dun, India

    Thanks, Belinda. I am glad you liked the Hub about Gandhiji. I think his philosophy of non-violence is valid even today.

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