Porbandar is the city of a mythological story about the great friendship
between Lord Krishna and Sudama. It is also known as the birthplace
(Janmabhoomi) of Gandhiji - The Father of Nation. It lies on the
western coast of Suarashtra and is located at 21°37’ N
most impressive feature of Porbandar is the city planning and the
stone buildings with ashlar masonry and rich carving. The facades
of the houses on either side of the streets, with series of windows,
carved gateways, using eclectic architectural language, invites
tourists to experience the streetscape on foot. It is also known
as "White City" because of its white stone construction.
The series of vistas enriched by a skyline of temples and beautiful
public buildings and edifices overlooking the sea on Marine Drive
puts Porbandar on the list of coastal heritage towns of Gujarat.
The ancient port of the Saurashtra peninsula, on the Arabian
Sea is mentioned in Skanda Puran as Sudamapuri and Ashmavati. Porbandar
was the last capital of the Jethwa Rajputs, who ruled this area
for about 1200 years – shifting capitals from Ghumli, Ranpur
and Chhaya. Present day Porbandar was established as a capital by
Rana Sartanji in 1785 AD.
Porbandar originally a fortified town, with high rampart walls,
bastions and five gates, lost its fortification by the order of
Colonel Lally in 1888 AD. Even today, a ritual to circumambulate
the fortification is performed by Hindus.
The prosperity of Porbandar was due to maritime trade and it was
a thriving port in the Mughal period. It was attacked by the Portuguese
in the wake of achieving supremacy over sea trade in 1531 AD. The
Walker Treaty of 1807 AD between the ruling clans of Saurashtra
and the British put an end to the feuds and it resulted in a favorable
environment for the civic development of the Porbandar State.
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