Satyagraha Ashram was set up first at Kocharab in Ahmedabad by Mahatma Gandhiji on his return from South Africa. He moved to its present location on the banks of the Sabarmati river on 17thJune 1917 with the objective of creating a better society through non-violence, truth and a respect for all humanity.
It was from here on March 12, 1930 that Gandhiji launched the famous Dandi march. He vowed that he would not return to the Ashram until India won independence. India did win independence and was declared a free nation on 15 August 1947, but before he could return to the ashram, he was assassinated in January 1948.
Sabarmati Ashram Preservation and Memorial Trust was set up in 1951 to preserve Sabarmati Ashram as National Heritage.