Sudama Temple in Porbandar (Sudamapuri)

Porbandar (Sudamapuri)

"If a person offers Me a leaf, flower, fruit or water with devotion, I will appear in person and accept it with love." (Bhagavad Gita 9.26)

      Porbandar is located between Dwarka and Somnath. It is approximately 95 km from Dwarka. The drive from Dwarka to Porbandar was breathtaking, During most part of the journey, we were driving next to the Arabian Sea. The gigantic waves of the blue sea made such a pleasant sight that we repeatedly stopped the car and stood transfixed by the beautiful sight. The sound of the waves lashing against the rocks had a soothing effect on our nerves and tired bodies. As was the case in most parts of Gujarat, the roads were well-maintained and driving was a pleasure.

      Porbandar was formerly known as Sudamapuri during the Dwapara Yuga. It was named after Sudama, Krishna's childhood friend.


      Sudama Temple is in the heart of the city Porbandar and quite well-known among the locals. Though it was in the middle of the busy city, parking our car was not a problem because there was a huge parking area reserved for people visiting this temple. It was a fairly long walk from the gate to the temple. Near the entrance, I came across a spot where there were hundreds of pigeons. The pigeons were very friendly and did not seem to mind the presence of visitors.

      The temple was a cream-coloured building with a vast courtyard that had plenty of trees. The inner courtyard had many carved pillars and arches. It had black and white tiles so arranged that it made me feel as if I was standing on a gigantic chessboard.

      Since this temple was dedicated to Sudama, he took centre stage here. There is a big idol of Sudama at the centre. To the left are idols of Radha and Krishna and to the right is the idol of Sushila, Sudarma's wife. There were many paintings that depicted the friendship of Krishna, the Lord of Dwarka, and Sudama, His poor brahmin friend.

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