Modi, who arrived in Porbandar in the morning, was accompanied by state minister and Porbandar MLA Babhubhai Bokhiriya and MP Vitthal Radadiya. (Agencies)
He stressed on the need for the use of 'Khadi' as espoused by Gandhi and said crores of poor would get jobs if each and every citizen purchased the cloth.
After the prayer meeting, Modi said that "we should start preparations from today to mark Gandhiji's 150th birth anniversary globally."
In Ahmedabad, visitors thronged Sabarmati Ashram where inter-faith prayers were held in the morning, attended by Governor Kamla Beniwal.
"The governor attended inter-faith prayers today morning. Schoolchildren also participated in the event," an official of the Sabarmati Ashram Preservation and Memorial Trust said.
Mahatma Gandhi's grandson, Rajmohan Gandhi, was also present on the occasion.
Rajmohan Gandhi said that India as a country and civilisation, had lost its capacity for listening.
"If we behave like colonial masters, there would be no difference between us and them," he said.
Meanwhile, Mahatma Gandhi's great grandson, Tushar Gandhi, took part in a "Gandhi Vichar Yatra" in Rajkot as part of the anniversary celebrations.
The yatra was organised by Freedom Yuva Group to create awareness among students about Gandhiji's sacrifice and non-violence.
The yatra began from Jubilee Chowk and ended at Rashtriya Shala. It showcased various floats based on Gandhiji's life which had been made by students from various schools and colleges. Over 1,000 students took part in the march.
While flagging off the march, Tushar Gandhi said, "It's such a pleasant moment to see such a huge number of youngsters taking part in the yatra, which proves that Gandhiji is still alive among this generation."
'Modi kurtas' to dominate Guj govt's khadi marketing drive
In a bid to promote khadi as it commemorates Gandhi's birth anniversary, Gujarat government is launching an aggressive marketing drive which will see "Narendra Modi kurtas" as one of the main attractions in the ensemble, along with garments like khadi-denim jeans to attract the youth.
"This year, the main attraction is the introduction of a wide range of apparels, both for men and women, in new styles that include Narendra Modi kurtas and a special set for Navratri festival," Chairman of Gujarat State Khadi Gramodyog Board, Vadibhai Patel, said.
Patel said that a special discount of 25 percent would be given on khadi products manufactured in Gujarat while products from other states will have a 15 percent discount.
"A special discount sale of khadi products will begin at khadi stores in Vadodara, Surat, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Porbandar and other parts of the state," he said.
The products include readymade garments, bed-spreads, towels and village industry products like soaps, honey, etc.
"We are planning to open an outlet in tribal areas for making khadi popular among tribals and to generate employment for rural youth," Patel said.
On the khadi-denim combination — first brought out in the mid 90s — Patel said that the sartorial invention had become a rage among youths.
Modi, who arrived in Porbandar in the morning, was accompanied by state minister and Porbandar MLA Babhubhai Bokhiriya and MP Vitthal Radadiya.