Few sites evoke as much emotion as Raj Ghat. Perhaps it is owed to the influence and inspiration of Mahatma Gandhi and his worldwide movement of nonviolence. Raj Ghat is a memorial to Gandhi, commonly considered the Father of the Nation. A black marble platform and eternal flame mark where he was cremated after being assassinated in January 1948, less than six months after India gained independence from the British. It is a simple memorial fitting for a man who renounced most worldly possessions and lived a life of service and self-purification.