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Founder of Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur, Gujarat, India, Pujya Gurudevshri Rakesh ji visits Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston

Houston, Texas,  March 12th

At a time of religious and ethical crisis in the life of young Gandhi, it was Shrimad Rajchandra who provided him the timely, unbiased advice and guidance. The lay Jain spiritual teacher Shrimad Rajchandra profoundly influenced many of Gandhi’s beliefs and practices, from celibacy in marriage to ideas about non-violence.

In a moving tribute to the eternal spirit of Mahatma Gandhi and the historic Salt March that ignited India’s quest for independence, Pujya Gurudevshri Rakeshji, a revered spiritual leader and follower of Shrimad Rajchandra, visited the Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston on March 12th. Accompanied by fifty devotees, the Guru’s visit coincided with the 94th anniversary of Gandhi’s momentous Salt March, a seminal event in India’s struggle for freedom.

The Guru’s entourage, comprising individuals from diverse backgrounds and walks of life, converged upon the museum with a shared sense of reverence and curiosity. As they traversed the museum gallery, the air resonated with whispered prayer and introspective conversations.

His visit to EGMH stands as a poignant reminder of the interconnectedness of spirituality and social responsibility. It underscores the importance of honoring our collective heritage while embarking on a quest for personal and societal evolution.

It was a unique honor and pride for EGMH to host such a distinguished dignitary. EGMH is truly grateful to Pujya Gurudevshri Rakesh ji to find time in his busy schedule to visit the museum. EGMH considers it to be one of the highest honors bestowed on it ever.

EGMH is Open to The Public

Good news! Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston is now open 6 days a week! The hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Sunday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Thursday hours are extended to 7:00 pm.

Tickets can be purchased at the museum or by visiting us at

India Independence Day Celebration

Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston attended the Independence Day Celebration at the Stafford Center on August 20, 2023. To help celebrate and spread the news of the museum’s opening, volunteers distributed over 500 flyers to attendees during the event.

A special thanks to (pictured left to right) Krishna Merchant, Pankaj Desai, Khushi Kawedia and Ayushi Kawedia for volunteering at the booth.

EGMH meets Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston received an honored invitation to meet Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, humanitarian, spiritual leader and an ambassador of peace and human values. Through his life and work, Gurudev has inspired millions around the world with a vision of a stress-free, violence-free world.

Pictured left to right: Ajit Paralkar, Rita Kothari, Atul Kothari, Sri Sri Ravi, GV Krishnan, Dr. Bhuvaneshwari Krishnan, Prabha Bala, Sesh Bala and Allen Lea.

Volunteer Spotlight

Every month we will spotlight one of our amazing EGMH volunteers in the newsletter. This month, we would like to introduce Rani Chilukuri!

Where are you from?
Houston, but originally the Southern part of India. We moved here from Hyderabad in 1976.

Why did you join EGMH?
I like volunteering at this museum as I have been waiting so long for the project to be completed.

What do you like most about volunteering?
I like to meet new people and answer all their questions.

What is the last book that you read?
Becoming Michelle Obama

What is your favorite hobby?

What is the next place on your travel bucket list?
Greece and Barcelona

If you had to eat only one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Salad and fruit.

What is one item that you could not live without?
My Phone

A huge thank you to Rani! We appreciate your continued support and the positive energy you bring to EGMH.

Visit the Museum Giftshop!

Stop by the museum today and visit the gift shop. From jewelry and books to souvenirs and home decoration, the EGMH gift shop has something for everyone!

Cannot make it in-person? Check out to browse all the special and unique items in the gift shop.

EGMH Partnering with 2023 Jaipur Literature Festival.

Get ready for the exhilarating return of the Jaipur Festival to Houston! The 6th edition of JLF Houston will be taking place from September 15th-17th, 2023.

Please find the schedule below or click here for more information. Registration is required. On September 15th:

– Afternoon Session followed by an Opening Reception at University of Houston: 3 PM onwards On September 16th:

– Full day of Sessions at Asia Society, Texas: 10 AM – 5:45 PM, followed by a Reception. On September 17th:

– Morning Session at Rothko Chapel: 9 AM onwards

– Reception followed by a Film Screening and a Session at Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston: 5 PM onwards

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