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  About Porbandar

  History :
Porbandar can best be described as the land of Maharanas and Mahatma. The city is associated with Mahatma Gandhi born here on 2nd October 1869. But the city has a history that goes back long before the birth of the world's best loved Indian. Porbandar was probably the Sudamapuri mentioned in the Mahabhrata and almost certainly the Pauravela mentioned in 9th-10th century inscriptions at Ghumli. The Jethwa Rajput dynasty ruled from Ghumli, But following heavy losses in battle to the Jam Sahibs of Nawanagar (Jamnagar), moved to Ranpur, then to Chaya near present day Porbandar, and finally founded modern Porbandar in the 18th century. Maharana Sartanji who founded new Porbandar, was a great administrator, poet, dramatist and writer. Maharana Bhavsinhji who came to the throne at the turn-of-the-century started the process of modernizing  Porbandar and his successor, Maharana Natvarsinh patronized arts, crafts, music and poetry, and captained India in its first cricket test. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born to the diwan of Porbandar's Maharanas, Swami Vivekanand spent a considerable period of research time in Porbandar, and Rabindranath Tagore visited the city in the 1920s. Today Porbandar is a picturesque city, worth a visit for it's scenic sea coast, historic monuments and modern city amenities.
 
Place Worth Visiting :
Kirti Mandir

To commemorate the birth of Gandhiji, a 79 feet high imposing building has been built in an otherwise Spartan lane of the city where Bapu was born in 1869 A.D. it covers in its premises a threee storeyed ancestral house of Gandhiji wherein the exact place where Putlibai, Gandhiji's Mother, had given birth to the child Gandhi, is market with a Swastik. Narrow wooden staircase leads the visitors to the upper storey, in particular to Gandhiji's reading-room. The adjoining new building, Kirti Mandir, House a Gandhian library, a prayer hall, a mursery and a steeple decorated with episodes from Gandhiji's life. Behind Kirti Mandir is Navi Khadki where Kasturba, Gandhiji's wife was born. 

Bharat Mandir

The Bharat Mandir, has murals depicting great men and religious perceptors of india, a bass relief map of india and superb relibious sculptures.

Daria Rajmahal Palace 

The seashore palace of Maharanas of Porbandar, built in a majestic mix of Venetian-Gothic, Indian and Arabesque styles, with marble fountains in the courtyard, heavily ornamented arches, pillared galleries and a clock tower offering fabuloous sea views, is now the B.Ed. college.

Planetarium

Shows in Gujarati

Sartanji Choro

Originally called the Grishmabhuvan, this fabulous pavilion where Maharana Sartanji composed poetry has intricate arches and pillars.

Sudama Mandir:

A temple to Sudama, the friend of Lord Krishna

Bird Sanctuary

Porbandar is heaven for birds with huge flocks of flamingoes, pelicans, ducks etc. seen in the creeks.

Dockyard

The Picturesque docks of Porbandar are worth a visit to see dhows and boats being mode using traditional techniques. 

Chowpatty

A pretty sea coast with white sand beaches. The Huzoor Palace of the Maharanas of Porbandar faces the sea. In the evenings it is frequented by residents and visitors. 

Around Porbandar
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Chayya

The historic farmer capital of Porbandar state, Chayya has a fine darbargadh palace and fishing villages.

Madhavpur:

Endowed with beautiful sandy beaches lined with coconut trees the town finds mention in scriptures as that of great antiquity, for it is believed that Krishna had married Rukmini at this place, the legend kept alive by the Mer community by holding a fair on Chitra Sud 12 every year. The Javeli temple of Madhavraiji is the chief attraction. There also is a Bethak of Mahaprabuji as Shri vallabhachrya hadgiven discourse on Shrimad Bhagwat for seven days over here.

Mangrol:

This coastal town is known for its fruits, Kesar Mangoes, coconuts and Shardagram, its Ashram like educational institute, where students are tought and trained on the Principle of self-help, with emphasis on agriculture and animal-husbandry.

Ghumli:

The historic Jethwa capital, Ghumli has a fabulous Sun temple, Ram Gate, 9th century ruins, old reservoirs and 12th century Vikia vav, one of the largest stepwells in Kahiawad, are worth a visit.

Gope:

The 6h centuary temple of Gape is one of the oldest surviving temples in Gujarat.

Bileshwar:

The site of a historic 7th century Shiva temple, rated among the finest examples of early-Hindu temple architecture in Gujarat.