This is the one place in the world where you will see and
read the real story of how Gandhiji was bestowed the name
Mahatma. The following contains authentic pictures on the
manpatra where the word "Mahatma" can be read in
Some claim that the great Indian author, Rabindranath Tagore
first bestowed the name "Mahatma" on Gandhiji. However,
there is no documentation or place of events or date of events
available nor can anyone prove it. Whereas Nautamlal Bhagvanji
Mehta (Kamdar) did so on January 21, 1915. In Gandhi's Collected
Works Collection, he states that he came to Mumbai from South
Africa on January 14, 1915. He spent 4-5 days in Mumbai and
then came directly to Jetpur on January 21, 1915. It was Nautamlal
Bhagvanji Mehta (Kamdar) who drafted the manpatra and read
it out loud. This document was authenticated by the Gandhi
Museum in New Delhi, which is considered the world's most
famous authority in Gandhi material.
Documentation of how and when Mohandas K. Gandhi
became known as the "Mahatma". This
is called a Manpatra.
Click Here for an English Translation (Jan.
21,1915) Please note: The pink blocked area is
to prevent duplication.
This is back side of Mahatma Gandhiji's Manpatra
from prominent civilians of Sorath(Jetpur) signed
here. in those days age of a person was more important
Wife of Mahatma Gandhi, Shrimati Kasturba Gandhi
was also given Manpatra in Jetpur on January 21,
Reverse side of Kasturba's Manpatra. Signed by
Prominent Lady Personalities of Jetpur.
note was found by Niranjan Mehta during my July 2006 research
trip. He found them while looking through some books. It was
written by Manilal Nautamlal Mehta (my father). It was written
around 1981 to my uncle, Mulshankar Nautamlal Mehta, who was
hard of hearing and so most conversations were conducted in
note references an article in "Kumar" magazine.
In this note, my father says to my uncle that Gandhiji's Manpatra
and the title "Mahatma" was drafted and presented
by my grandfather, Nautamlal Bhagvanji Kamdar. As per my father,
when my grandfather used that word Mahatma, a lot of senior
members of Jetpur objected. But my grandfather stuck by it.
Headmaster Dave was offended and objected to its use because
they felt at that time my grandfather was giving too much
respect to Gandhiji and creating reverence to Gandhiji. But
my grandfather knew that the sacrifice that Gandhiji was doing
for the cause was equivalent to a great soul (Mahatma.)
this picture, when Gandhiji came back from South Africa in
1915, he landed in Mumbai in January 15th in 1915. First he
came to Jetpur. This is the meeting that occurred in Jetpur
from which Nautamlal Bhagvanji read the manpatra that coined
MK Gandhi, the Mahatma.
Accepting Manpatra as "Historical Interest"
Date: 7 April 2002
Dear Dr. Niranjan Mehta
I am grateful for your email of 24 March, 2002. We have seen
your website www.kamdartree.com. The letter of Gandhiji dated
23 August 1937 is duly appearing in the Collected Works of
Mahatma Gandhi. However, our collection does not have the
two photographs in which Gandhiji appears (#1 and #3) and
the addresses presented to Gandhiji and Kasturba at Jetpur
on 21 January 1915. The Addressed as "Mahatma" for
the first time, is of historical interest and we would like
to add it to the permanent displays in the Gallery. I shall
be deeply obliged if copies of the photographs and the Addresses
in original in good copies could be given to the Museum.
Dr. Y. P.