Bhavnagar, in the Indian state of Gujarat, is a port city on the coastal region of the Saurashtra peninsula abutting the picturesque Gulf of Cambay. Once the capital of the princely state of that name, Bhavnagar was founded in 1743 by a Rajput prince, Bhav Sinhji and was lucky enough to have successive rulers who contributed to the development of their kingdom in a major way, to the extent that it became a highly progressive society. Bhav Sinhji, the founder of the city established educational and judicial institutions. Later rulers commissioned European architects to buildpalaces and administrative buildings. So aware and progressive were the rulers that Bhavnagar was amongst the first of the princely states to join the Indian Union after independence in 1947.
Situated in the heart of the city, this is the oldest and the renowned library of Saurashtra, which has evolved into a cultural centre. Housed in a spacious complex, its reading room attracts large number of readers who do not have access to various newspapers, magazines and periodicals. The coin-collection is the chief attraction of its museum.
Established with an objective of keeping Gandhian thought alive, Gandhi Smriti is a living monument to Gandhiji. Opened in 1955, the institution hoses a Gandhi picture gallery, museum, Khadi Gramodyog Bhandar and a library. The institution has kept alive Gandhiji's association with Bhavnagar and the States of Saurashtra.
Historically, a nursery for the Kathiawad seafarers,Takhteshwar Temple the fortune of this port-town has fluctuated with the growing and diminishing might's of European seapowers and big-neighbours Surat , Khambhat and Bhavnagar . Portuguese target of fury, the port was burnt thrice for frightening the Muslim lords of Gujarat and keeping British at bay. The burning of Rahimi, 1500-ton pilgrim ship, was the last show of Portuguese power, off the coast of Gogha.
Made of pure marble and constructed in late nineteenth century, the temple is situated on a hillock near the Takhteshwar railway station on the railway line between Bhavnagar and mahuva. The picturesque view from the temple adds to the serenity of the place.
Housed in a large and imposing building, the institute works for the Book Your Tourimprovement of salt quality and enhancing salt production.