Kirti Mandir

CategoryHindu Temples

Languages KnownGujarati, Hindi

AddressKirti Mandir, Kasturba Road, Bhatiya Bazar, porbandar Gujarat.

pincode360575

DistrictPorbandar

About Kirti Mandir

History

KirtiMandir is a memorial temple built in the memory of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in the city of Porbandar, Gujarat, which was also his birthplace. The foundation stone of the striking KirtiMandir was laid in 1947 but the building was completed in 1950, by which time Gandhiji was no more.

The original three storied house is built like a haveli with walls and pillars adorned with intricate designs. KirtiMandir is an ‘E’ shaped building that consists of domes, terraces, a number of balconies and a central sikhara. The ‘sikhara’ of KirtiMandir of Porbandar is 33 meters high and constructed in the Hindu style. The height of the temple was purposefully kept to be 79 feet symbolizing the 79 years Gandhiji had blessed this earth. The monument of KirtiMandir was so constructed that one can identify the architectural elements of six different religious monuments namely Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi temple, Church and Mosque integrated into one building. This was in theme with Gandhiji’s belief of a single God even though the names that we call him might be different.

KirtiMandir is the main tourist attraction of the town of Porbandar. The place where Gandhiji was born is marked with a ‘Swastika’ for identification. The site of Gandhi’s birth has been converted into a small museum about him, with an exhibit of old photographs, some of his very few possessions and a nice library of books either by him or relating to his philosophy. The museum contains life size oil paintings of Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba Gandhi kept side by side in the centre of KirtiMandir. The words, ‘Truth’ and ‘Non-violence’, symbolizing his life and preaching are placed near their feet.

There are also rooms that contain articles of khadibhandar, handicrafts, and books for sale, along with a huge Gandhian library which has an innumerable collection of valuable books on Gandhian thought.

Famous for

KirtiMandir, also known as the ‘Temple of Fame’ is an important structure as well as popular religious sightseeing attraction of Porbandar. It was built by Maharaja SayajiRao III in 1936 AD. This temple is adjacent to the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi and comprises his memorial along with a library having books on Gandhism, a prayer hall, a children’s nursery, and a spinning hall. At this temple, prayers of all faiths are organized on a regular basis.

The complete structure of this temple is E-shaped and comprises domes, terraces, balconies, and a sikhara. This sikhara is 33 m high and is constructed in Hindu style of architecture. The temple interiors are marble finished and said to be the cenotaph of the Gaekwads. At the planetarium, regular shows are held to pay tribute to the India’s Non-Alignment policy. It also includes regular programs on astronomy. At its entrance, there is also a photo panel that displays pictures of several historic events.

Best time to Visit

The city of Porbandar experiences moderate climatic conditions throughout the year. The weather in summers is hot and dry with maximum temperatures staying below 40 degrees. The best time therefore to visit the KirtiMandir is during the winter months of October to March when the climate is extremely pleasant.

Best time to Go

KirtiMandir is open from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and then from 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

Distance of nearest cities

  • Porbandar
    to
    Ahmedabad
    412km
  • Porbandar
    to
    Ambaji
    591km
  • Porbandar
    to
    Amreli
    197km
  • Porbandar
    to
    Bharuch
    552km
  • Porbandar
    to
    Bhuj
    407km
  • Porbandar
    to
    Dahod
    583km
  • Porbandar
    to
    Dwarka
    75km
  • Porbandar
    to
    Gandhinagar
    440km
  • Porbandar
    to
    Himmatnagar
    491km
  • Porbandar
    to
    Jamnagar
    275km
  • Porbandar
    to
    Junagadh
    105km
  • Porbandar
    to
    <Mehsana
    486km
  • Porbandar
    to
    Morbi
    504km
  • Porbandar
    to
    Palanpur
    558km
  • Porbandar
    to
    Saputara
    790km
  • Porbandar
    to
    Somnath
    129km
  • Porbandar
    to
    Surat
    648km
  • Porbandar
    to
    Valsad
    715km

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Public Transport to Go

Nearest bus stand is Porbandar and thier inquiry no. is, 02862240959

Nearest Railway Station is Porbandar and Indian Railway Inquiry no. is, 139

Nearest Airport is Jamnagar and thier inquiry no. is, 02882712187

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