Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial, Ramnagar, Varanasi

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. He is best known for his honesty, simplicity, and sincerity. His village Ramnagar, on the other shore of Ganga at Varanasi, has a small memorial dedicated to him. At the house or hut where he was born and spent his early days.

The former Prime Minister's memorial, Ramnagar
The former Prime Minister’s memorial, Ramnagar

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 picture with family
Portrait picture with family

Ancestral House

Shastri Ji’s ancestral house today is 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. The rest of the structure has been built later. Is it not ironic that a memorial gets a bigger space than the person whose memorial it is?

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

National Leader’s simplest memorial

This is the simplest memorial that you would see of a national leader. There is a picture of him 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.

Prime Minister working on a flight
Prime Minister working on a flight

The humble statue on the road leading to the memorial may be a 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.

Lal Bahadur Shastri statue, Ramnagar
Lal Bahadur Shastri statue, Ramnagar

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

Another museum dedicated to him is in New Delhi. This was his home while in office and is now a museum. I remember visiting this as a kid and also meeting his wife Lalita Ji. However, I was too young to register the importance of that meeting.

You can read more about Shastri Ji at this website

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  1. 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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  4. Sadly, his legacy has been forgotten by most people. Thank you for highlighting this; will make it a part of my trip when I visit Varanasi.

  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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