The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Memorial
is a museum and exhibition centre dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
, an Indian independence activist
and political leader, at the Moti Shahi Mahal
, located in Shahibaug, Ahmedabad
. The Moti Shahi Mahal is surrounded by the Sardar Open Garden
, where peacocks roam free and monkeys reside in the trees. The Sardar Open Air Theatre
shows documentary films in the garden on occasion. Before the palace stands a statue of Patel. Four pillars mark the four wings, one floor and central hall of the palace.
The Moti Shahi Mahal
was constructed in the city of Ahmedabad by Mughal emperor Shahjahan
between 1618 and 1622 when he was the suba
, or governor, of Gujarat, which was a part of the Mughal Empire
. The palace later passed to the control of the British Raj
when Ahmedabad was established as a cantonment in the mid-nineteenth century, and used for government purposes. Rabindranath Tagore
, the great Bengali
poet, writer and philosopher stayed in the palace in 1878, when he was seventeen years old. Following Indian independence, this palace was the Raj Bhavan
- official residence of the Governor of Gujarat, from 1960 to 1978. It was endowed by the Government of Gujarat in 1975, upon the centennial birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, to establish a memorial to honour him. The memorial was founded on March 7, 1980.
Shri Vallabhbhai Patel born in the 31st October,1875, His birth of place was......