Mahatma Gandhi Height, Age, Family, Facts, Biography

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Mahatma Gandhi Quick Info
Height 5 ft 4½ in
Weight 58 kg
Date of Birth October 2, 1869
Zodiac Sign Libra
Died  January 30, 1948

Mahatma Gandhi was a well-distinguished lawyer, politician, activist, and writer who was prominently known for starting the “Indian Independence Movement” and the “Nonviolence Resistance” against the British Raj. Under his guidance and leadership, India won its independence on August 15, 1947. In today’s Indian history, Gandhi is known under the prestigious title as the “Father of the Nation.”

Born Name

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Nick Name

Mahatma, Gandhiji, Bapu

Mahatma Gandhi as seen in a Kathiawadi dress in 1915
Mahatma Gandhi as seen in a Kathiawadi dress in 1915 (Public.Resource.Org / Flickr / Public Domain)

Age

Mahatma Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869.

Died

He died on January 30, 1948, at the age of 78 in New Delhi, India due to gunshot wounds.

Sun Sign

Libra

Born Place

Porbandar, Kathiawar Agency, British-ruled India

Nationality

Indian

Education

Gandhi completed his primary schooling from Porbandar. Later, he attended Alfred High School in Rajkot at the age of 11 and years later, he lost 1 year of his education as a result of marriage. However, he finished his schooling in 1887 in Ahmedabad.

Later, he went to London to study law at University College, London. Prior to that, he had enrolled at the Samaldas College in 1888 but dropped out.

Occupation

Politician, Lawyer, Writer, Activist

Family

  • Father – Karamchand Uttamchand Gandhi (Diwan)
  • Mother – Putlibai Gandhi
  • Siblings – Laxmidas (Older Brother) (c. 1860–1914), Raliatbehn (Older Sister) (1862–1960), Karsandas (Older Brother) (c. 1866–1913)
  • Others – He had 2 step-sisters and 3 step-mothers.

Build

Slim

Height

5 ft 4½ or 164 cm

Weight

58 kg or 128 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Mahatma Gandhi’s name was linked with –

  1. Kasturbai Makhanji Kapadia (1883-1944) – Gandhi was only 13 years old when he got married to Kasturbai Makhanji Kapadia in May 1883. They had 4 children named, Harilal Gandhi (b. August 23, 1888), Manilal Gandhi (b. October 28, 1892), Ramdas Mohandas Gandhi (January 2, 1897), and Devdas Mohandas Gandhi (May 22, 1900). They had lost their first child a few days after birth.
Mahatma Gandhi as seen in a picture with his wife Kasturbai Gandhi while reading
Mahatma Gandhi as seen in a picture with his wife Kasturbai Gandhi while reading (Wikimedia / Public Domain)

Race / Ethnicity

Asian (Indian)

He was of Gujarati heritage.

Hair Color

Dark Brown

He maintained a clean shaved head.

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation

Straight

Distinctive Features

  • Wore a pair of round spectacles
  • Anorexic physique
Mahatma Gandhi as seen in a picture taken on on Juhu Beach, Mumbai in May 1944
Mahatma Gandhi as seen in a picture taken on on Juhu Beach, Mumbai in May 1944 (gandhiserve.org / Public Domain)

Religion

Hinduism

Mahatma Gandhi Favorite Things

  • Way To Pass His Time – Twisting the ears of dogs

Source – Wikipedia

Mahatma Gandhi in a picture taken with Jawaharlal Nehru while they joke during a meeting of the All India Congress in Mumbai on July 6, 1946
Mahatma Gandhi in a picture taken with Jawaharlal Nehru while they joke during a meeting of the All India Congress in Mumbai on July 6, 1946 (Max Desfor / Wikimedia / Public Domain)

Mahatma Gandhi Facts

  1. His father served as the Chief Minister of Porbandar.
  2. He was the child of his father’s 4th marriage to Putlibai and was the youngest of 4 siblings.
  3. Gandhi was born in the basement of his family’s house.
  4. Growing up, he would constantly be on the move or playing.
  5. He was not very strong in academics nor in sports. It is said that Gandhi learned to write while forming words with his finger in the dust.
  6. During his childhood, he was very touched by the characters of Shravana and king Harishchandra and wanted to be like them.
  7. Gandhi was 9 years old when he moved to Rajkot along with his parents.
  8. He was said to be good in English but weak in geography and possessed bad handwriting.
  9. Gandhi was a vegetarian, however, a friend of his who was a Muslim named Sheikh Mehtab encouraged him to eat meat but this did not have any influence on him.
  10. In the past, he was excommunicated from his caste for not heading the advice of his elders and moving to London.
  11. He had banned the popular poem “Vande Mataram” on the behest of Jinnah.
  12. Mahatma Gandhi had no relation to the family of Feroze and Indira Gandhi.
  13. On January 30, 1948, Gandhi was shot in the chest at close range by a Hindu extremist named, Nathuram Godse.
  14. After his death, Alfred High School was renamed Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi High School. However, after operating for 164 years it was shut down in May 2017.

Featured Image By Wikimedia / Public Domain

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