#MumbaiList: How Areas And Train Stations In Mumbai Got Their Name – Part 2

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Mount Mary's Basilica, Bandra
Mount Mary’s Basilica, Bandra

Continuing from our previous #MumbaiList No. 4 here are some more interesting facts, stories and legends about how areas in Mumbai got their names. If you know another story about these area names, do share with us.

Bandra: This important railway station on the western line between Mahim and Khar was also an important port in the days gone by and gets its name from the Urdu or Persian word ‘Bandar’ or ‘Bandargaah’ which means a port. Did you know Bandra’s name changed multiple times before it became Bandra? It was Bandor as the Portuguese called it in 1505, then called Bandera, Bandura, Bandore, Pandara, Bandorah, Bandara and finally Bandra.

Mahim Bay
Mahim Bay

Mahim:  Did you know Mahim was once a desert island washed by the waters of the western sea. Todays crowded and busy suburb was once barely populated with a few fishing families. Mahim was one of the seven islands that originally made up Mumbai. Mahim, or Mahikawati as it was known, was the capital of Raja Bhimdev (A.D. 1300) known as the founder of Bombay, who reigned over the region in the 13th century.

Parel: This important station on the Central line between Curry Road and Dadar is home to the famous KEM Hospital. In the past this area had “Paral” or “Padal” trees which grew here in abundance. And thats how Parel got its name. Another story leads us back to Raja Bhimdev who named the area after Parali Vaijanath Mahadev temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Village of Walkeshwar Mumbai, 1855
Village of Walkeshwar Mumbai, 1855

Walkeshwar: This area which is located in South Mumbai close to Malabar hill, houses the heritage Banganga Tank, and got its name from Lord Shiva. One of Shiva’s avatar’s is called ‘Valluka Iswar’ and is worshipped as the Sand Lord. The temple to the deity which was originally built by the Silhara dynasty kings still exists at Walkeshwar.

Goregaon: This suburbs of Mumbai has the famous Aarey Milk Colony located at its heart. And it was because it was a a large milk producing area in Mumbai that people believe it came to be called as Goregaon (‘gore’ symbolizing white for milk). Some people also believed that a famous political family, the Gores, lived here and the area got its name from them.

Charni Road: Charni Road is located on the western line between Grant Road and Marine Lines. The suburb gets its name from the word ‘charne’ which means grazing. In the years gone by, this area used to be lush and green and people brought their cattle, horses and other livestock to graze here.

Now aren’t these some really interesting stories! We would love to hear from you if you have heard how an area in Mumbai got its name!

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