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Porbandar
Porbandar Map Once an international port & princely state capital, Porbandar is inextricably associated with Mahatma Gandhi, who was born here in 1869. Popularly known as Mahatma (Sanskrit for "great soul"), Mohandas Karamchad Gandhi was of the founding fathers of the modern Indian state & an influential advocate of Satyagraha (non-violent protest) as a method of revolution. He helped bring about India's Independence from British rule, inspiring other colonial peoples to work for their own independence.

Gandhi's principle of Satyagraha, often roughly translated as 'pursuit of truth', has inspired generations of democratic & anti-racist activists. His simple values were drawn from traditional Hindu beliefs - truth (satya), & non-violence (ahimsa). Assassinated in 1948, his values & beliefs are still revered in our changing world.

In ancient times, Porbandar was called Sudamapuri, and there was one time a flourishing trade route between here and Africa and the Persian Gulf. The Africa connection is obvious in the number of Indianised blacks, called Siddis who are descended from this period in history. Porbandar is also where most of Gujarat's Diaspora originates and where lots of non-resident Indian's from the United Kingdom, Canada and East Africa often return to visit relatives and friends.

Tigers are the heaviest felines present in the wild. In general males weigh between 200 & 320 kgs & females between 120 & 181 kg. On average, males are between two.6 & three.3 metres in length, & females are between two.3 & two.75 metres. Most tigers have orange coats, a fair (whitish) medial & ventral area & dark stripes. The form & density of stripes differs between subspecies, but most tigers have in excess of 100 stripes.

Other wildlife in Pench includes sambar, nilgai, chital, wild boar, jackal, leopard, wild dog, sloth bear, jungle cat, barking deer & striped hyena.
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