Some people had told Gandhiji not to attend the Belgaum(now Belagavi) session in 1924. But Gangadhar rao Deshpande wanted Gandhiji to attend the session to give a new fillip to the freedom movement in the region.
Veer Soudha is the memorial built to commemorate the 1924 congress session held at Belgaum where Mahatma Gandhi was the president of the Congress.
Mahatma Gandhi had first visited the city in 1916 and later in 1924 when he presided over the Congress committee session. Prior to the Veer Soudha, there is a plaque in the railway station premises, which also lists the visits of Mahatma to the city during the peak of freedom struggle.
There is also the Gandhi Smarak next to Shivaji Garden on Shama Prasad Mukherjee road.