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Status: November 16, 2017

The maiden name of Mahatma Gandhi is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. He received the honorary name "Mahatma", which means "great soul" in Sanskrit, at the age of 45. For a long time Gandhi found it difficult to use his honorary name, which was used against his will.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869 in the west Indian port city of Porbandar. Porbandar is part of a principality of the same name, which, however, is only miniature in size and is under British protectorate. Gandhi's father is Prime Minister of the Principality and his family belongs to the merchant caste (Waischjas). Religiously, the Gandhis practice Vishnuism, a rather monotheistic form of Hinduism. According to the custom, Gandhi is married very young. He was only 13 years old when his family married him to Kasturba Makthaij. In his later works, Gandhi will sharply condemn this practice of child marriage.

Gandhi was 17 years old when his father died. The young man actually wants to study medicine, but the late father's wish was for his youngest son to become a lawyer. In 1888 Gandhi set out from India for distant London to study law there. In addition to his studies, he deals a lot with religious literature in the British capital and also gets to know Christianity better. After three years, he successfully passed his state law examination and is now allowed to practice wherever British law applies. Gandhi returns to his homeland, but his career is faltering. Initially, the lawyer was not his job, his shyness got in the way.