Porbandar is a small coastal town in Gujarat. This is famous as the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi.
We always wanted to go to this place. Having been to Raj Ghat and Sabarmati Ashram couple of times, we wanted to see the place of his birth. We got an opportunity when we did road trip to Rajasthan and Gujarat during Christmas holidays last year.
We reached Porbandar from Jamnagar where we had stayed the previous night. Entering Porbandar gives one a feeling that things haven’t changed here for a long time. The potholed and dusty roads inside the city was a revealing factor as we always equated Gujarat with development.The road side was dusty and dirty. In fact, it is an irony that Porbandar is an apology to “Swachh Bharat” programme.
Relying on our Google map, we reached the place close to the birth place. We reconfirmed the route with local folks and finally enter into a narrow lane where Mahatma Gandhi’s house stood. Driving on the narrow street in the morning – many shops were still closed – we could see the old structures being demolished and new houses built in their place.
We parked our car in the Manek chowk closeby and walked towards the house. We were excited to enter and see the place where the great man was born. The house and the place which shaped his initial thoughts.
Kirti Mandir as the place is called now, is a national memorial. We take you through a short tour of the place.
Being ardent admirers of Mahatma Gandhi we were fortunate to visit this place and visualise how this house and the city influenced his early life. The sad part of present day Porbandar is that locals and Gujaratis do not take pride of the city where one of the greatest persons in the world was born. Neither do they follow him, nor do they care for him. This could be clearly seen by the apathy towards their own city.
We would like to close this with this quote Albert Einstein on Mahatma when he said “Generations to come, it may well be, will scarce believe that such a man as this one ever in flesh and blood walked upon this Earth.”
We were fortunate to have walked in the house where the Mahatma was born. Because you will never get some one like him anytime in future.
Please make sure you visit Porbandar when you plan a trip to Gujarat next time.
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