Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial, Ramnagar – Varanasi

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Portrait of Lal Bahadur Shastri much loved politician of India
Lal Bahadur Shastri much loved politician of India

Lal Bahadur Shastri, the second prime minister of India and much-loved politician may be the real unsung part of UP. His village Ramnagar, on the other shore of Ganga, has a small memorial dedicated to him. At the house or hut where he was born and spent his early days.

Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial at Ramnagar, Varanasi
Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial

I remember during school days when we had to write an essay on him, we read that he swam 3 Kms across Ganga to reach his school on the other shore. As I stood on the balcony of Ramnagar palace, with Ganga flowing gently on the surface past Varanasi’s moon shaped ghats, the visual of a small boy crossing the wide river flashed across. It tells me about the character of the boy. Who would do so much hard work to get himself educated?

Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial at Ramnagar

Portrait of Lal Bahadur Shastri with family
Portrait of Lal Bahadur Shastri with family

Ancestral House

Shastri Ji’s ancestral house today full of only his pictures that too sponsored by a bank. It may look small to you, but let me tell you this house is much bigger than the original house of the Shastris. The original house was just one room. And that too was made with mud – basically a kuchcha house. Rest of the structure has been built later. Is it not ironical that a memorial gets a bigger space than the person whose memorial it is?

Lal Bahadur Shastri's house at Ramnagar
Lal Bahadur Shastri’s house

National Leader’s simplest memorial

This is the simplest memorial that you would see of a national leader. There is a picture of Lal Bahadur Shastri with his extended family. And another one in which both he and his wife are working on board an aircraft when he was the PM.

Lal Bahadur Shastri Working on Flight
Lal Bahadur Shastri Working on Flight
Lal Bahadur Shastri statue at Ramnagar
Lal Bahadur Shastri statue

The humble statue on the road leading to the memorial may be the gentle reminder to the visitors of the grand palace. That there is another worthy son of the soil, and you may want to see his house.

How you wish Karmath people like Shastri Ji got their due, encouraging others who would want to take his path.

Read more travel blogs on places to visit in Varanasi.

  1. Evening Arti at ghats of Ganga.
  2. Ramnagar – on the other shore of Ganga.
  3. Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum.
  4. Buddha’s Sarnath near Varanasi.
  5. Must try foods in Varanasi.

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  1. It’s not about no one visiting the memorial Anuradha, it is about the fact that no one remembers him on his Birthday because it is overshadowed by Mahatma Gandhi

  2. Anu, did you write about this house earlier on your blog? I remember reading about it, just after I returned from my Varanasi trip, and wishing that I had known it then so I could have visited. Its so sad that someone like him is almost completely forgotten…

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  5. It’s sad that nation forget to pay homage to Shastri ji each year. He is one such unsung hero, who lived his principles throughout, and abided by that. I salute this great man. – Indian

  6. Only Karnataka State remembered the Former PM Lal Bhadur Shastri his name a beautiful statue erect At Lal Bhadur Shastri Sagar Dam across Krishna River and a beautiful garden in his name. Jai Jawan Jai Kisan was his slogan

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