Dandi is a small historical village near Navsari on the western coast of Gujarat, India . It is known world over for the Salt Satyagraha led by Mahatma Gandhiji who broke the oppressive Salt Act and launched the Civil Disobedience Movement on April 6, 1930. Dandi Salt March, or Salt Satyagraha as it is often know, was seen no less than a war, a non-violent one, with its 78 warriors of peace who walked the 241 miles from Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad to Dandi to defy the might of British Empire . The Salt March was both a political and an economic statement. It signified India’s rejection of colonial rule and the reaffirmation that India’s salvation lay in economic regeneration of its villages and self-reliance of its people.
Dandi is also one of the important pilgrimage places for the Dawoodi Bohra community. The Hajani Bibi Dargaah in the village is a beautiful white memorial dedicated to Noorbibi Saheba and Fatema Bahen Saheba, mother and sister of Syedna Yusuf Najmuddin, the first Indian head of Dawoodi Bohras.
From the times of the historical Dandi March in 1930 till today, Dandi has come a long way from being a poor, inhospitable village to a village having good road connectivity, sufficient water and electrical supply, a co-operative dairy and huge fair-trade shop, high school with a hostel and a temple with community hall. Dandi’s seashore have become popular amongst tourists from nearby cities of Navsari and Surat and remains fairly crowded during weekends. There are about twelve hundred people living in Dandi who make their living mostly by farming or working in the skillful industry. The people of the village are very cordial, friendly and hardworking. Many of Dandi’s residents who have emigrated to the UK , Canada , New Zealand , South Africa and other parts of the world have helped with the developmental projects in the village.