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Sant Savta Marg, Byculla
Mumbai, 400 027
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Situated in the Worli-Mahim Bay, overlooking Haji Ali seaface, this dargah has its origins shrouded in mystery. Believed by some to be the tomb of a wealthy saint and built by his devout followers, the second version states that the revered saint died on pilgrimage and his body floated to the spot. Whether a follower of Pir Haji Ali Shah or not, the mosque is a must for all visitors. Except for the sanctum sanctorum, visitors are free to stroll around the premises. Haji Ali Dargah is accessible via an inconspicuous causeway next to Haji Ali Juice Centre, a walk best attempted during low-tide.
The Tiphereth Israel Synagogue, as it stands today, was consecrated in the year 1923. However, prior to that it was a little prayer hall and was given the current name only in 1896. A few Jewish men including Late Mr. Aaron Benjamin Kandlekar collected funds to build the synagogue, and hence it came to be widely known as 'Kandlekaranchi Mashid' (Kandlekar's Synagogue) in the local Marathi language. The synagogue provides education to needy children and works towards the upliftment of the poor.
Nehru Planetarium is the city's premier science institution. Other than just being a planetarium, the center is also home to lectures on scientific and social science subjects, art exhibitions, music and drama performances. Special arrangements can be made to watch, study and photograph lunar and solar eclipses. The always playing 'Discovery of India' exhibition covers the artistic, cultural and intellectual achievements in India through the ages. Only cash accepted.
Church of Our Lady of Glory or Gloria Church was built by the Portuguese in 1590 in Mazagaon. It is not a miracle that the church now stands in Byculla. The building was pulled down to build a railway track and another church was built in Byculla to take its place. This is one of the oldest Catholic churches of Mumbai and part of its Portuguese heritage. The church is part of the Antonio D'Souza High School complex. Gloria Church can be easily reached from Byculla Station. Veermata Jijabai Udyan or Rani Baug is a stone's throw from this church.
Built in 1864, the Magen David Synagogue at Byculla is the largest Synagogue of the 'Bagdadi' Jewish Community in India. It was built by the founder of the Sassoon empire in India, David Sassoon. Every morning, prayer services are conducted, following which breakfast is served to one and all. The synagogue holds classes twice a week where Jewish Students study the ' Torah'. Two Jewish Schools run by the Sir Jacob Sassoon High School Trust and the E.E.E. Sassoon High School Trust are present in the synagogue compound.
August Kranti Maidan is associated with India's freedom movement. It is here that Mahatma Gandhi told the British to 'Quit India' on 8th August 1942. Formerly the maidan (or open ground) was also known as Gowalia Tank, because cows used to be bathed at the tank. Today the tank has disappeared and a small garden and a memorial has come up at the site. Mani Bhavan, a small pre-independence house, turned into Gandhi Memorial is another attraction nearby.
This is heaven for all brides-to-be and shopping addicts. Boutiques on August Kranti Marg stock the latest designer wear of national and international repute. Several department stores like Amarsons, Benzer, In Style, Beautiful Boulevard, Vama and Westside are situated in this area. There are also many smaller shops for exclusive products. Carry a load of cash when you come this side! You will also find numerous jewelry showrooms on Hughes Road. A complete contrast to this glitz and glam is the humble Gandhi Museum, down the road at Gamdevi. You sure won't run in to as many tourists, and even fewer shopping addicts.
This temple is situated at the end of Marine Drive and south of Malabar Hill. It is nearly 1,000 feet above sea level, overlooking the Arabian Sea. The temple was built in 1780 and is one of the most spacious temples in the city. Millions of devotees travel from all over to visit this place. The ambiance around the temple is perennially festive, especially on Mondays, which is the main day of worship.
Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Temple or ISKCON Chowpatty as it is more popularly known was built in the late 1980s and has gone through a series of renovation over the years to get its present look. This handsome structure with its delicate sandstone carved facade, teak wood and marble accents, and elegant light fixtures in the inside give it a serene ambiance. It also features an auditorium and a guest house.
The Fanaswadi Temple or Sri Venkateshwara Devasthanam houses a replica of the Tirupati Balaji idol. Built according to the traditional Dravidian style architecture, the temple was consecrated in June 1927. Since then this is where the Vaishnava sect, a South Indian community founded by Sri Ramanujam that worships Lord Vishnu, congregates. You can observe the distinct architectural form of the temple, its towering Gopuram and Vimana. The ambiance truly seems to cleanse your soul and fills you with a sense of peace and contentment.
Wilson College is an educational institute which has far too many reasons to be renowned and popular. Students and teachers from across the country vouch for this. The building of the college is one of the oldest in the city and represents the old 19th century architecture. The gym area is well-equipped and the library boasts a best collection of books in the city. Situated near the Girgaum Chowpatty beach, the college is in one of the most frequented places in Mumbai. Please visit the website to know more about the college and the courses offered.
Khotachi Wadi may seem lost in the dusty by-lanes of Girgaum, but this charming, little village is considered a bastion of the Maharashtrian Hindus. Unperturbed by the hustle-bustle of the Mumbai metropolis, Khotachi Wadi rests amidst verdant orchards and quaint cottages. Rich in culture and tradition, the colonies at Khotachi Wadi are said to have been in existence since the early days of the 19th century, when the area fell under the jurisdiction of the East India Company. The village lights up during the days of the famous Khotachi Wadi Festival, that has the entire city of Mumbai flooding the village. The solitariness of Khotachi Wadi is unique and beautiful and is to be deeply felt!