In his autobiography, he admits that they left an indelible impression on his mind.
He writes: "It haunted me and I must have acted Harishchandra to myself times without number." Gandhi's early self-identification with truth and love as supreme values is traceable to these epic characters.
Gandhi's brother Laxmidas, who was already a lawyer, cheered Gandhi's London studies plan and offered to support him. On 10 August 1888, Gandhi aged 18, left Porbandar for Mumbai, then known as Bombay.
Upon arrival, he stayed with the local Modh Bania community while waiting for the ship travel arrangements. After learning Gandhi's plans, he and other elders warned Gandhi that England would tempt him to compromise his religion, and eat and drink in Western ways.
He was imprisoned for many years, upon many occasions, in both South Africa and India.
He lived modestly in a self-sufficient residential community and wore the traditional Indian dhoti and shawl, woven with yarn hand-spun on a charkha.
His father, Karamchand Uttamchand Gandhi (1822–1885), served as the diwan (chief minister) of Porbandar state. His first two wives died young, after each had given birth to a daughter, and his third marriage was childless.
In 1857, Karamchand sought his third wife's permission to remarry; that year, he married Putlibai (1844–1891), who also came from Junagadh, On 2 October 1869, Putlibai gave birth to her last child, Mohandas, in a dark, windowless ground-floor room of the Gandhi family residence in Porbandar city.
In January 1888, he enrolled at Samaldas College in Bhavnagar State, then the sole degree-granting institution of higher education in the region.
But he dropped out and returned to his family in Porbandar.