Mahtama Gandhi in Tamilnadu
We remember Gandhiji only during Gandhi Jeyanthi. Tamilnadu made some impact on Gandhiji life style. Gandhi visited Tamilnadu more than 10 times in his life. Most of the time he visit Madurai district and so in behalf of that now there is a Gandhi Museum in Madurai. He changed his dressing style to half naked by looking after the farmers in Tamilnadu. Then after he made his life style simple. Mahatma decided to eat only simple foods and wear only simple cloths after looking after poor and poverty people in Tamilnadu.Gandhiji was termed as "Mahatma" only after visiting Tamilnadu. Before visiting Tamilnadu he was popularly called as "Babuji".
Gandhiji Tamil writings
Gandhiji learned to speak and write Tamil when he had friendship with Tamilans in South Africa.Those Tamil friends involved in Satyagraha movements. His writings were still available in Madurai Gandhi Museum.
Gandhiji Harijan Movement
Gandhiji started Harijan movement to stop untouchability. He started his journey from the southernmost part of Tamilnadu Kanyakumari. There he was only with 20 people. Later thousands and thousands of people involved in this Harijan movement with Gandhiji. He conducted many meeting and explained about untouchability. He visited almost all the cities of Tamilnadu for this Harijan movement. He visited all the cheris in Tamilnadu. In olden days Harijan people (SC / ST caste) were not allowed inside the temple. After this movement the Harijans were uplifted and they were allowed inside the temples. Even now you can see your Government textbooks with the quotes "Untouchability is a sin" "Untouchability is a Crime" "Untouchability is Inhuman". Those were the effect of Mahatma Gandhi.
Gandhi Jeyanthi celebration in Tamilnadu
Every year Gandhi Jeyanthi will be celebrated in Tamilnadu grand mannar. This year (2012) Tamilnadu people has decided to follow Gandhiji's principle such as stopping tobacco products such as cigarette sales, to stop alcohol sales and to stop drug sales. Tamilnadu got many Gandhiji statues and they are respected with flowers.