Shri Harjivan Raidas Gandhi, the grandfather of Mahatma Gandhi bought a haveli in Porbandar. He was the Dewan ( chief minister) of the ruler of Porbandar princely state. His son Karamchand Uttamchand Gandhi (1822–1885), also served as the Dewan of Porbandar state. He along with his brothers lived in this house.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born to Karamchand and his wife Putlibai on 2nd October 1869.
The distinctive green windows and doors mark the whole house. This is the first room that we enter into.
The plaque inside the room
Today the rooms are empty but full of memories.
A very steep flight of stairs lead to the upper floor
climbing was easy but coming down with my vertigo I had to hang on for Dear life to the rope hanging there.
We can all see but how many of us have the vision?
I could just sit at the window and think of the vision that made Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi into Mahatma Gandhi.
And pledge to walk in the path taught by him.
The two parts of the original haveli are joined by a corridor. The upper floor is a charming place with rooms, corridors and windows opening out onto the courtyard.
When Mahatma Gandhi was released from imprisonment in 1944 from Aga Khan Palace in Pune, the people of Porbandar decided to build something in his place of birth.
Through the efforts of the then Maharaja of Porbandar and Nanjibhai Kalidas Mehta and his wife Santokbehn Mehta the project of Kirti Mandir was undertaken.
With the Mahatma ‘s agreement the ancestral haveli was purchased from the family members living in it.
The foundation stone for Kirti Mandir was laid in 1947 by Darbar Gopaldas Desi, in the Mahatma ‘s lifetime. Unfortunately it was completed after his assassination. It lies next to the haveli.
The industrialist Nanjibhai Kalidas Mehta donated the money for buying the ancestral haveli and building the new complex.
Life-size portraits of the Mahatma and his wife Kasturba Gandhi fondly calked Ba grace the Centre of the Mandir.
In 1950 the memorial was completed and inaugurated by Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel.
The height of the temple is of 79 feet symbolizes the 79 years of lifespan of Gandhi.
To honor the Mahatma ‘s respect towards all religions the Kirti Mandir is a symbol of religious integration. Architectural features from all major Indian religions are incorporated into it.
Shri Purushottam Mistry was the architect of this beautiful building which was completed in two years.
There is a museum and a memorial to Mahadev Desi and Maganlal Gandhi in the rooms on the side.
It was a beautiful experience to see he birthplace of the Father of the Nation.
The drive from Ahmedabad is itself very interesting with stretches of coast and beaches. It is. Seven hour journey by car (394 km from Ahmedabad).
I had come to Dwarka a day before and spent the night there.