The birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, popularly known as the 'Father of the Nation', is celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti with reverence all over the country.
A special function will take place at Gandhi Smriti in New Delhi on Oct 2, which will include a recital of some of Gandhi's favourite devotional songs. The Union Government has planned a series of other programmes for the occasion.
President, Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, UPA Chairperson, Sonia Gandhi and other leaders offered floral tributes at his memorial "Raj Ghat" in the capital.
India celebrated Gandhi jayanti through forwarding special Gandhi jayanti sms and a special Gandhi wallpapers on the particular day on Oct 2.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, better known as 'Bapu', or Gandhiji, was born on the Oct 2 1869, in Porbander, Gujarat.
Gandhiji was a preacher of truth (Satyagraha) and 'ahimsa' (non-violence). He started the 'Satyagraha' movement for the Indian
freedom struggle. He believed in living a simple life and in 'Swadeshi'.
He proved to the world that freedom can be achieved through the path of non-violence, a true symbol of peace and truth.
The United Nations had declared in 2007 that Oct 2 would be observed as "International Day of Non-Violence."