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About Porbandar
       The first name that comes to mind when we hear Porbandar is Mahatma Gandhi - the father of nation. Porbandar is the birth place of Mahatma Gandhi, who was born here as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in the home of dewan of Porbandar in 1869. Porbandar is also associated with Sudama, a very dear friend of lord Krishna.

         The word 'Porbandar' comes from 'Porai' and 'Bandar'. The word 'Porai' is the name of a local goddess and 'Bandar' means port or harbour, thus Porbandar means Porai’s harbour. Porbandar is situated in the West of India in the state of Gujarat. The region in the ancient times was referred to 'Pauravelakul'. Since, Porbandar is also associated with the birth of Sudama -lord Krishna's friend, it was also referred to as 'Sudamapuri'. A historic port, Porbandar and a vast area of Kathiawad peninsula was under the Jetwa Rajputs for close to 2000 years. They lost power to Jadeja Rajputs but came back to power in the 1630s. Later they moved their capital from Ranpur to Chaya and by the 18th century the Jetwas settled in Porbandar, which by this time had become an important port city.

Area of Porbandar City: 2271.99 sq.km
Population of Porbandar City: 5,36,835 (District)

Temperature-
            Summer :
Min: 24C, Max:42C
            Winter :    Min: 10C, Max:24C

STD Code: 0286
Best Season: October to March
 
Kirti Mandir
kirtimandir Kirti Mandir, the birth-place of the father of our nation, Mahatma Gandhi, is the main centre of attraction for the tourists. It was built by Shri Nanji Kalidas and Shri Purushottam Mistry. Porbandar, the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi is situated at the end of Saurashtra (Gujarat State) and is a picturesque seaport on the Arabian Sea. To commemorate the birth of Gandhiji a 79 ft high imposing building has been built in the lane where Bapu (as Gandhiji is known) was born in 1869. The prime attraction is the Kirti Mandir. It is a three storeyed ancestral house of Gandhiji where in the exact place where Putlibai, Gandhiji's mother, had given birth to Gandhi, is marked with a ‘swastik’. A narrow wooden staircase leads the visitor to the upper storey, in particular Gandhiji’s reading room. Behind Kirti Mandir is Navi Khadi, where Kasturba, Gandhiji’s wife was born
Sudama Mandir
sudamaDo you know whose friendship is being recognized as the best example in the hearts of the Indians? Extremely poor but self-respected Sudama and Krishna's friendship brings tears of joy, when remembered. It is in memory of this Sudama that a temple has been built in the heart of the city, known as Sudama Mandir. According to Hindu mythology, Sudama was a dear friend of Lord Krishna. The friendship of two is an example sited between friends even today. To pay homage to the great soul, a beautiful temple was built in the center of Porbandar. This temple is the only temple in the entire country that is dedicated to Sudama.
 
Taramandir Bharat Darshan
tara mandir The large bharat mandir hall is in a charming frrigated garden opposite the Planetarium. On the floor inside is a huge relief map of india and the Building's pillars are brilliantly painted with bas-reliefs of over 100 religious figures and legendary persons form Hindu epics. The verandah's six distoring mirrors are popular with children.
 
Sandipani Viddyaniketan
sndipaniEstablished in February 1992 on 85 acres of land near Porbandar, Gujarat, Sandipani Vidyaniketan aims to rekindle humanity through education based on tradition and values for the benefit of society. Since its inception, it has been continuosly expanding its activities and services. The Vidyaniketan has today become one of the leading educational institutions in India in the field of Vedic education. In the modern context where everything has been commercialized, people have to pay for each and everything and every person demands his own price, but a learned person who executes his job proficiently professed emphatically that whatever he has is a gift from God. Bhaishri lays stress on this aspect and evokes these feeling in the minds of the students of the Rishikul by saying that without having to spend a single paise they are able to study, stay and have their meals. This is because of the grace of God who has made all these provisions and arrangements. God is prevalent in every one's heart and it is from there the he inspires people to support the Vidyaniketan. This is an investment that Godly people of society are sponsoring and that the students have to pay the debt back to society by preparing themselves thoroughly to serve it.
 
Chaupati
chaupati Amongst the many un-spoilt beaches of gujarat is the beach of porbandar on the southeast cost in between veraval and dwarka. As a seaport on the arabian sea Porbandar is picture perfect with the many beautiful beaches and beach villas.
Chowpatty it is one of the main attractions for the local population as well as tourists, to visit and enjoy the beautiful scenery throughout the year.
Somnath Temple
somnath The Somnath Temple located in the Prabhas Kshetra near Veraval in Saurashtra, on the western coast of Gujarat, India is one of the twelve Jyotirlings (lingas of light) symbols of the God Shiva. It is mentioned in the Rig Veda. Somnath means "The Protector of Moon God". The Somnath Temple is known as 'the Shrine Eternal', as although the temple has been destroyed six times it has been rebuilt every single time. It is believed that he had built this temple with gold. Later it was built by Ravana in silver, then Lord Krishna in wood and Bhima in stone. Legend has it that the Kalabhairava shivalinga at Prabhasa was worshipped by the moon and hence, the Lord is called as Somnatha. The Somnath temple also houses the remains of the ancient Sun temple. The majestic temple of Somnath is a testimony of the firmness through the changing course of time. Waves of turbulent Arabian Sea lashes the temple situated near Veraval of coastal district of Junagadh. Looted and destroyed by host of foreign invaders it has been re-established time and again as an edifice of the inner strength of the country's cultural fabric.
 
Dwarka Temple
Dwarka Dwarka is one of the four most holy Hindu pilgrimage sites in India and is closely related to the Krishna legend. It was here that Krishna set up his capital after fleeing from Mathura. Dwarkanath, the name of the main temple here, is dedicated to Krishna. Dwarka features in most of the legends surrounding Lord Krishna. It is from here that the grown Lord Krishna is believed to have ruled his kingdom. It is sanctified as the place where Lord Vishnu slew the demon Shankhasura. The Puranas mention the 12 Jyotirlingas or columns of light representing Lord Shiva which manifested in different parts of the country. One of these is located in Dwarka and is known as the Nageshwar Mahadev. The temple of Dwarkadheesh, also known as Jagat Mandir, is built on the north bank of the Gomti Creek. he Jagat Mandir or Nij Mandir forms the sanctum of the Dwarkadish temple and dates back to 2500 years.
 
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