The Mahatma Gandhi Statue is a four-meter square statue in the middle of Goubert Avenue, Pondicherry. The Mahatma Gandhi Status commemorates the Bapu (Father) of the nation. It is the biggest statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the whole of Asia. It is located within Puducherry city limits.
The Mahatma Gandhi statue was built by the famous sculptor Roy Choudhary from Madras School of Art and Crafts. It is surrounded by eight magnificent granite pillars which were brought from Gingee. The pillars were erected in 1866, while the statue was inaugurated on January 26, 1965. The Mahatma Gandhi Statue remains today as one of the major landmarks in Pondicherry.
The square in front of The Mahatma Gandhi Statue, known as the as Gandhi Thidal, hosts various cultural, musical and commercial activities through the year. The street vendors hoard around the statue selling variety of things including food, beverages and toys. An average person spends around 10-20 minutes inside.
The best time to visit the place is during the evening when the entire place is illuminated by colourful lights. There is a 24*7 open cafe where one can simply have a moment of leisure and bask in the spirituality of the place. There are bathroom facilities inside the premise. Photography and videography is allowed. It is open during timings 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM every day and there is no entry fee. The Mahatma Gandhi statue remains as the reminder of the great struggle against the British.