Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Temple Club

We took a train to Chhatrapati Shivaji Station (formerly known as Victoria Terminus). From there, we took a little red BEST bus and it went through these places:







The Asiatic Society's Library (on your left)...




Oval Maidan (maidan = ground), where children, all dressed in white, still play cricket (to your right).


Along Nariman Point - the business hub of Bombay...

...and finally to our destination: Banganga!

Banganga is a place I'm rediscovering after marriage. It's a place my in-laws and husband tend to visit whenever they need solace or peace or want to reach out to the highest power. This place belongs to temples and to those who wish to be closer to God. It's a serene atmosphere broken only by the pealing of temple bells, the shouts of children and grannies, the chanting of God's name a 100 times, the prayers that the priests conduct on behalf of family members. Every good event or bad necessitates a visit to this temple district. Rich or poor, all are welcome here.

The Banganga tank (which you see in the photo) is an ancient water tank on Malabar Hill. The water has become darker than the shade of green you see in the photo. The place has become messier. There are plans of renewing its beauty but for now, all we see is a poor tribute to Bombay's ancient riches.



Some History (from wikipedia): The Tank was built in the 1127 AD, by Lakshman Prabhu, a minister in the court of Silhara dynasty kings of Thane.[2][3]

The tank was rebuilt in 1715 AD, out of a donation for the Walkeshwar Temple by Rama Kamath.[4] The main temple, has been reconstructed since then and is at present a reinforced concrete structure of recent construction.


According to local legend, it sprang forth when the Hindu god Ram, the exiled hero of the epic Ramayana, stopped at the spot five thousand years ago in search of his kidnapped wife Sita.


Banganga draws visitors also thanks to its mythological link. It's also one of Mumbai's historic sites. Do visit it whenever you visit Bombay. It's worth a look just to get a sense of the city's heritage.

30 comments:

  1. I would like to visit India someday.

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  2. If you do, let me know. I'd love to take you around Bombay.

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  3. Very interesting!!!!!
    Thank U for the tour & the information:-)).

    p.s: u took these pics????

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  4. Most welcome :) No, I really need a camera (or cameraphone) of my own. These were available on google.

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  5. Next time in India I want to visit Bombay :-)

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  6. Do that definitely, but avoid visiting during summer...it's blistering!

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