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Shri Hari Mandir in Sandipani is situated 5 km from the city of Porbandar, opposite the airport.

The ancient port of the Saurashtra peninsula, on the Arabian Sea is mentioned in Skanda Purana as Sudamapuri and Ashmavati. It is the setting of the mythological story of the great friendship between Lord Krishna and Sudama. Porbandar was the last capital of the Jethwa Rajputs, who ruled this area for about 1200 years Ė shifting capitals from Ghumli, Ranpur and Chhaya. Present day Porbandar was established as a capital by Rana Sartanji in 1785.

Kirti Mandir is built next to the birthplace of Mahatama Gandhi, who was born here in 1869. Thousands of Indian tourists visit the house of the Mahatama and his wife Kasturba. Kirti Mandir has a Gandhian library and a prayer hall.

There is no Indian who has not heard of the legendary friendship of king and devotee, Krishna and Sudama, starting from the ashram of Rishi Sandipani and culminating at the court of Lord Krishna, in the city of gold, Dwarka. The story comes alive with the sight of a beautiful temple in the middle of Porbandar. This is the only temple dedicated to Sudama in all of India. The maze on the platform in the campus is an intriguing feature.

Travel

Porbandar is well connected by road, rail and air. Flights to Porbandar depart from Mumbai six days a week. Other nearby airports include Rajkot and Jamnagar. Trains and buses arrive every morning and evening from all nearby cities in Gujarat. Porbandar is 400km from Ahmedabad, 180km from Rajkot and 120km from Jamnagar. Rikshaws are available from the airport to Sandipani campus.

Accommodation
If you donít want to stay at Sandipani, there are a variety of Hotels and Guesthouses in Porbandar city. All Hotels and Guesthouses are approximately 8 km (5 miles) from Sandipani with the notable exception of the Hotel Kaveri International which is a lot closer (4.5 km or 2.65 miles).

To find out more about Porbandar, visit www.porbandaronline.com/cityguide/

The temples in Saurashtra, Dwarka and Somnath have always been amongst the most important and most popularly visited pilgrimage centres in Gujarat. Situated on the coast of Gujarat, Dwarka is the home of Lord Dwarkadhish, (Krishna) and Somnath Temple houses one of the 12 jyotirlingas, and hence is the home of Lord Shiva. Shri Hari Mandir falls half way between Dwarka (105 km) and Somnath (125 km). To find out more about Dwarka and Somnath click here.


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