Minerva Memories – Porbanda, India


On the western coast of Saurashtra, Gujarat, lies the harbour city of Porbandar.

Porbandar holds a historically important place in the history of India, as it is the birth place of Father of our Nation Mahatma Gandhi, and Lord Saudama , best friend of Lord Krishna .

Porbandar is a coastal city, situated at the sea shores of Arabian Sea. There are many interesting places which one can visit in the city.


Among these a few religious places are Sudama Temple, Bharat Temple, Kirti Mandir, Satyanarayan Temple. One can also spend a romantic evening at the Chowpatty Beach or can indulge in some serious bird watching at the Porbander Bird Sanctuary.



Porbandar is an historically important place. In the 10th centruy it was named as “Pauravelakul” and thereafter named “Sudamapuri”. It is localted at latitude north 21.37o and longitude east 69.49o on the western coast of Saurashtra where the river Asmavati meets the ocean.

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It has completed one thousand years on Rakshabandhan, full moon day of Shravana, in the Vikram era 2046. In fact, it is believed that Porbandar was discovered on Raksshabandhan day.


Kirthi 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.






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