house was purchased by Mahatmaji?s great grandfather Shri Harjivan Raidas
Gandhi from a lady belonging to Porbandar in the Vikrarn Savant 1883 (1777
a.d.), that is some two hundred years back. Gandhiji?s grandfather, Shri
Uttamchand Gandhi, added one more storey and it became a two storeyed
building. In course of time, changes took place in the structure as the
necessity arose but at the time of Gandhiji?s birth this house had already
become a three storeyed building. Between the birth place and the open
space, there is a verandah under which some three hundred-years-old water
tank is found. This tank is nearly fifteen feet deep, twenty feet long
and ten feet broad. There is a provision of storing in it the clean rain
water falling directly from the terrace. This way a year round arrangement
is made for sweet water for the purpose of drinking, cooking, etc. in
the city which is right on the sea shore (where generally, there is a
shortage of sweet water). In the right side of the small room into which
the door of the tank opens there is a small room which was Putlimea?s
kitchen. This old and large house is pukka (sturdy) structure made of
the famous Porbandar-white-stone. The wood used in durable and valuable.
Also the carving on the wood is beautiful. The carved ventilators of stone
is a beautiful piece pf ancient art.
The room where Gandhiji was born has the Swastika (a symbol of good omen
according to the Hindu scriptures) exactly on the
spot of birth and above the spot there is a tricolour oil painted picture
of Mahatmaji in which he is seen spinning on a wheel.
On the opposite wall there is an impressive picture of Gandjiji?s father
Shri Karamchand Gandhi and an imaginary picture of his mother Mataji Putlimaa.
In those days it was against the tradition to keep pictures of ladies,
so the painter has drawn the picture of Putlimaa out of thinking, observing
and hearing about her. Inside the room of the birth there is another room.
Gandhiji?s grandmother Laxmimma lived in it. She passed her time in this
room singing devotional songs and worshipping according to the Vaishnav
(the oath of Lord Vishnu) cult.
age of seven Gandhiji went to Rajkot with his father for further study
but mother Putlimaa stayed behind in Porbandar. After the death of Laxmimaa
Candhiji?s father called his family to Rajkot and from then on he became
a Rajkot resident.
little age of twelve Gandhiji married Kasturbaa. A small pandal was set
up in the open space, right in front of the birth place. In those days
the space was not floored but was kept neat and clean, well clayed and