Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is Born in Gujarat, India

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born in Porbandar, a coastal town in present-day Gujarat, India, on 2 October 1869.

His father, Karamchand Gandhi (1822-1885), who belonged to the Hindu Modh community, was the diwan (Prime Minister) of the eponymous Porbander state, a small princely state in the Kathiawar Agency of British India. His mother, Putlibai, who came from the Hindu Pranami Vaishnava community, was Karamchand's fourth wife, the first three wives having apparently died in childbirth. Growing up with a devout mother and the Jain traditions of the region, the young Mohandas absorbed early the influences that would play an important role in his adult life; these included compassion to sentient beings, vegetarianism, fasting for self-purification, and mutual tolerance between individuals of different creeds.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar, a small coastal town in northwest India. His father, Karamchand Gandhi, was a local politician, serving as prime minister to a number of local Indian princes; his mother, Putlibai, was Karamchand's fourth wife, married when her husband was already in his forties. Neither of his parents was well educated: his mother was illiterate, and his father, Gandhi wrote later in life, "had no education save for experience." Nevertheless, they were well-to-do by the standards of the rural region in which they lived, owning several houses in Porbandar and the neighboring towns of Rajkot and Kutiana, and they were able to afford a nurse and a good education for the young Gandhi.