IYC – Bulletin 6B

Porbandar – Sudama & Kirti Mandirs

             After visiting the Ramakrishna Ashram in Porbandar, we all got into the bus.  Rafik, the bus driver, parked the bus at a place from where our next destinations, the “Sudama Mandir” and “Kirti Mandir” (Mahatma Gandhiji’s Birth Place), were walking distance. It was a 5-7 minutes walk.  It was fun asking people for directions and trying to keep the group together as we watched for bicycles, rickshaws, cars, cows, dogs, and puddles. Soon enough, we made it to the Sudama Mandir.  We were thinking of Shri Krishna’s love for his friend, Sudama.  At the shrine, we received “pouha” that Shri Sudama took to offer to Shri Krishna.  In the temple ground there was a maze, a “maze of life.”  A few students tried to go around the maze.

Then, we went to Kirti Mandir, the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhiji.  It was a little longer walk and through a busy shopping street.  We walked in a single line.  There were teachers and alumni in the front, middle, and at the end who were keeping eyes on students.  We were told to keep walking until we came to Mahatma Gandhi’s statue, where we were to make a right.  We took the turn and passed through an old city gate, where we found a huge corridor and building. We had arrived at Kirti Mandir.

We remembered what we had read and heard about Mahatma Gandhiji.  Inside the building we saw his birth-room, reading room, and other rooms. There were large paintings of Gandhiji’s parents.  Students liked the balcony-like windows, from which they would peek out and wave to other students who were on other stories of the building. Even though it was very hot outside, the inside of the building was cool without fans or air-conditioning. It was an impressive house. Those who had read his autobiography remembered all his childhood incidents that had happened here. There were many pictures depicting various historical moments and moments with great personalities.  We walked through the rooms thinking of the great soul Mahatma Gandhi.

Under one picture of Mahatma Gandhi, one can read the following quote:

“I have gone through his (Swami Vivekananda’s) Works very thoroughly, and after having gone through them, the love that I had for my country became a thousandfold.”

                                                                                                                                                          – Mahatma Gandhi

With the help of rickshaws we soon reached back to our bus.  We counted and recounted everyone in our group and made sure that no one was left out. Group leaders would take head counts. It was very hot and we were thirsty. Nayana Aunty had thought of this and asked Kalpitbhai to keep icy cold Nimbooz (lemonade) ready for everyone.  At that moment we felt as though we had a taste of nectar.  Now, it was time for lunch.  We had a lunch reservation in another famous restaurant “Swati,” thanks to the organizers.  After delicious lunch we headed to the famous Somnath Temple, one of the Dwadash Jyotirlinga.

So long there is no coordination between body, mind, and the soul, no work will be done smoothly.”   – Mahatma Gandhi

The Sudama Mandir
The Sudama Mandir
Thinking of Shri krishna’s frienship
Thinking of Shri krishna’s frienship
Sudama’s dignifying character shines
Sudama’s dignifying character shines
Sudama Kund
Sudama Kund
The maze of life
The maze of life
Next is Kirti Mandir
Next is Kirti Mandir
Walking on the street of Porabandar
Walking on the street of Porabandar
Tough to be together
Tough to be together
Delicious apples
Delicious apples
Surrounded by shops
Surrounded by shops
Finally reached Mahatma Gandhi’s statue
Finally reached Mahatma Gandhi’s statue
Entrance of Kirti Mandir (Mahatma Gandhi’s Birth Place)
Entrance of Kirti Mandir (Mahatma Gandhi’s Birth Place)
Nice house
Nice house
The sign
The sign
Good place for a group photo
Good place for a group photo
Three-story building with 22 rooms
Three-story building with 22 rooms
We must read this sign
We must read this sign
Big crowd getting into the house
Big crowd getting into the house
“Give all, get all.  Keep all, lose all.”
“Give all, get all. Keep all, lose all.”
Going towards Mahatma Gandhi’s Birth-room
Going towards Mahatma Gandhi’s Birth-room
The sign confirms
The sign confirms
Exactly the place where little Mohan was born
Exactly the place where little Mohan was born
Mother Putlibai – the first teacher
Mother Putlibai – the first teacher
The guide is explaining
The guide is explaining
Father Kaba Gandhi
Father Kaba Gandhi
The rooms are impressive
The rooms are impressive
Mohandas Gandhi & Kasturba
Mohandas Gandhi & Kasturba
The original part of the building
The original part of the building
Mohan’s reading room
Mohan’s reading room
More rooms
More rooms
The famous picture of Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi describes the effect of Swami Vivekananda’s teachings on him
Shri Shankar Pandurang Pandit who hosted Swami Vivekananda for several months
Shri Shankar Pandurang Pandit who hosted Swami Vivekananda for several months
Attractive balconies
Attractive balconies
How do I look?
How do I look?
Nice view
Nice view
Hey! Look at me
Hello! How are you?
What a memory!
What a memory!
Look like birds
Look like birds
Looking down is fun
Looking down is fun
At Kasturba library
At Kasturba library
Building of Kasturba library
Building of Kasturba library
“I must sign Visitor’s book.”
“I must sign Visitor’s book.”
What do you think about these pictures?
What do you think about these pictures?
It was a great experience
It was a great experience
We are hungry
We are hungry
Hungry but happy
Hungry but happy
Waiting for food
Waiting for food
Hello!
Hello!
All children are together
All children are together
Waiting for more food
Waiting for more food

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