At a distance of 1 km from Porbandar Railway Station, Sudama Mandir is a Hindu temple situated in the center of Porbandar city. Located near Kirti Mandir, it is one of the revered sites in Gujarat, and among the most visited Porbandar tourist places.
Sudama Temple is dedicated to Sudama who was the childhood friend of Lord Krishna and is the only temple in India dedicated to him. The temple was built by Shri Ram Devji Jethwa of the Jethwa dynasty between 1902 and 1907 CE. It is said that during the construction of this shrine, the funds were exhausted and the people of Porbandar had to host various drama shows to raise the required funds. The temple holds a lot of historic and religious importance that lures a large number of devotees, especially the newly married Rajasthani Kshatriya couples who visit the temple to take the blessing as part of Porbandar sightseeing packages.
Situated amidst a garden, the architecture of the temple is simple with carved marble pillars open from all sides. The temple looks beautiful with a sikhara decorated with splendid architecture and carvings. These carvings are also visible above the pillars and the arches. There is a beautiful mural depicting Lord Krishna washing Sudama's feet when his friend came to meet him and a statue of Krishna and Sudama embracing each other. There is a maze in the temple premises and it is a common belief that crossing the maze helps in removing all the sins.
Timings: 6.30 AM - 8.30 PM