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The house in Kolkata that hosted Gandhi is now a museum; see pics

In 1947, just as India was becoming independent, Mahatma Gandhi was quietly protesting the sectarian violence that had engulfed the nation. He had moved to Kolkata's Hyderi Manzil along with some of his followers. On his 150th birthday, the house has become a full-fledged museum.

Hyderi Manzil, Gandhi Museum, Gallery, Indian Express news

Kolkata gets its comprehensive museum on Mahatma Gandhi. Department of Information and Culture, Government of West Bengal has renovated Hyderi Manzil — the place where Mahatma was at 'Freedom Hour' (August 15, 1947) — into a museum called Gandhi Bhavan Museum. (Photo by Partha Paul)

Hyderi Manzil, Gandhi Museum, Gallery, Indian Express news

Located in Kolkata's Beliaghata area, the house was once inhabited by the Mahatma, when he stayed here for a brief period in 1947. (Photo by Partha Paul)

Hyderi Manzil, Gandhi Museum, Gallery, Indian Express news

The house has on display, Gandhiji's personal items, including his footwear, highlighting the man's famed simplicity. (Photo by Partha Paul)

Hyderi Manzil, Gandhi Museum, Gallery, Indian Express news

Other items like arms and ammunition surrendered to Gandhiji during the Kolkata riots, along with three charkhas, have also been put on display. (Photo by Partha Paul)

Hyderi Manzil, Gandhi Museum, Gallery, Indian Express news

It is said that back in the day, only two of the seven rooms in the house were habitable. Gandhiji and his followers lived in these rooms. (Photo by Partha Paul)

Hyderi Manzil, Gandhi Museum, Gallery, Indian Express news

During his stay here, he was on an indefinite strike, upset with the communal tension in the nation. He called off the fast only when the warring communities laid down their arms and sought his forgiveness. (Photo by Partha Paul)

Hyderi Manzil, Gandhi Museum, Gallery, Indian Express news

The museum is spread over 3,500 sq ft, and has 41 panels depicting three phases of his life. Over Rs 2 crore was spent on it. (Photo by Partha Paul)

Hyderi Manzil, Gandhi Museum, Gallery, Indian Express news

Visitors came to pay homage to the Father of the Nation, who had stayed in this very house in 1947, when the country was engulfed in sectarian violence. (Photo by Partha Paul)

Hyderi Manzil, Gandhi Museum, Gallery, Indian Express news

Some rare, never-seen-before pictures of Mahatma Gandhi are also on display here. (Photo by Partha Paul)

Hyderi Manzil, Gandhi Museum, Gallery, Indian Express news

Minister Bratya Basu, MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Sashi Panja visited the museum to pay their respect on October 02, 2019. (Photo by Partha Paul)