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<p style="line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">'''Bandra''' is a suburb located in north west [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mumbai Mumbai], India. It has earned the sobriquet "Queen Of The Suburbs". The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandra_railway_station Bandra railway station] is located on the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Railway_(India) Western line] of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mumbai_Suburban_Railway Mumbai Suburban Railway]. Bandra is a highly coveted location for restaurants, pubs, bars, and high-street stores.</p>
   
<p style="line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">'''Bandra''' is a suburb located in north west [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mumbai Mumbai], India. It has earned the sobriquet "Queen Of The Suburbs".<sup class="Template-Fact" style="line-height:1em;white-space:nowrap;">[''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed citation needed]'']</sup> The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandra_railway_station Bandra railway station] is located on the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Railway_(India) Western line] of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mumbai_Suburban_Railway Mumbai Suburban Railway]. Bandra is a highly coveted location for restaurants, pubs, bars, and high-street stores.</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">The suburb is also famous for its coastline, with promenades along [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carter_Road Carter Road],[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandstand Bandstand] and Reclamation. Many [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bollywood Bollywood] actors live along the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandstand_Promenade Bandstand Promenade][http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carter_Road Carter Road] and in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pali_Hill Pali Hill] areas. The population and culture of Bandra is quite cosmopolitan in nature. It consists of a fair amount of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinduism Hindus], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christians Christians] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholics Catholics] and others), Parsis ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoroastrianism Zoroastrians]), and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam Muslims].</p>
   
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">The suburb is also famous for its coastline, with promenades along [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carter_Road Carter Road], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandstand Bandstand] and Reclamation. Many [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bollywood Bollywood] actors live along the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandstand_Promenade Bandstand Promenade], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carter_Road Carter Road] and in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pali_Hill Pali Hill] areas. The population and culture of Bandra is quite cosmopolitan in nature. It consists of a fair amount of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinduism Hindus], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christians Christians] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholics Catholics] and others), Parsis ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoroastrianism Zoroastrians]), and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam Muslims].</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">Bandra is home to numerous churches, including [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Mary Mount Mary]'s [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basilica Basilica]. The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parsi Parsi]fire-temple, Tata [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agiary Agiary] is located on Hill Road. Other famous religious places include the Jama Masjid (mosque) located near Bandra West railway station and the temple of Goddess Jari-Mari, located on S.V Road. A municipal lake, Swami Vivekanand Talao, is located in Bandra. It was closed to the general public in the mid 1990s.</p>
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==History==
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<p style="line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">The name 'Bandra' is possibly an adaptation of the Persian (and also Urdu) word ''bandar'', which Duncan Forbes' ''A Dictionary, Hindustani and English'' (1848) defines as 'a city; an emporium; a port, harbour; a trading town to which numbers of foreign merchants resort'.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-Forbes1848_1-0" style="line-height:1em;">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandra#cite_note-Forbes1848-1 [1]]</sup> In Marathi, Bandra is known as ''Vandre'', which also means 'port' and is possibly derived from the same Urdu/Persian word.</p>
   
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">Bandra is home to numerous churches, including [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Mary Mount Mary]'s [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basilica Basilica]. The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parsi Parsi] fire-temple, Tata [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agiary Agiary] is located on Hill Road. Other famous religious places include the Jama Masjid (mosque) located near Bandra West railway station and the temple of Goddess Jari-Mari, located on S.V Road. A municipal lake, Swami Vivekanand Talao, is located in Bandra. It was closed to the general public in the mid 1990s.</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">It is referred to as "Bandora" on gravestones in the cemetery of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Andrew%27s_Church_(Mumbai) St. Andrew's Church] and in the writings of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountstuart_Elphinstone Mountstuart Elphinstone] of the British East India Company which describe endeavours to acquire the island of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salsette Salsette]. It was Bandor as the Portuguese called it in 1505, then called Bandera, Bandura, Bandore, Pandara, Bandorah, Bandara and finally Bandra.</p>
==<span class="editsection" style="-webkit-user-select:none;float:right;margin-left:5px;">[[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bandra&action=edit&section=1 edit]]</span>History==
 
 
   
<p style="line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">The name 'Bandra' is possibly an adaptation of the Persian (and also Urdu) word ''bandar'', which Duncan Forbes' ''A Dictionary, Hindustani and English'' (1848) defines as 'a city; an emporium; a port, harbour; a trading town to which numbers of foreign merchants resort'.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-Forbes1848_1-0" style="line-height:1em;">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandra#cite_note-Forbes1848-1 [1]]</sup> In Marathi, Bandra is known as ''Vandre'', which also means 'port' and is possibly derived from the same Urdu/Persian word.</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">The area was under the rule of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silhara_dynasty Silhara dynasty] in the 12th century.</p>
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==='''Portuguese Rule'''===
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">It is referred to as "Bandora" on gravestones in the cemetery of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Andrew%27s_Church_(Mumbai) St. Andrew's Church] and in the writings of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountstuart_Elphinstone Mountstuart Elphinstone] of the British East India Company which describe endeavours to acquire the island of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salsette Salsette].<sup class="Template-Fact" style="line-height:1em;white-space:nowrap;">[''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed citation needed]'']</sup>. It was Bandor as the Portuguese called it in 1505, then called Bandera, Bandura, Bandore, Pandara, Bandorah, Bandara and finally Bandra.</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">The area was under the rule of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silhara_dynasty Silhara dynasty] in the 12th century.</p>
 
===<span class="editsection" style="-webkit-user-select:none;float:right;margin-left:5px;">[[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bandra&action=edit&section=2 edit]]</span>Portuguese Rule===
 
 
<p style="line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">Bandra became tributary to the Portuguese in 1532. Gerson Da Cunha in his "The Origin of Bombay" (1900), gave us an abridgement of an account from 'Lendas da India'. In this account there is a description of how Diogo da Silveira brought Thane, Bandra, Mahim and Bombay under tribute. In 1534, King Bahadur Shah of Gujarat, ceded Vasai, Salsette and the adjacent areas to the Portuguese. Bandra thus became a Portuguese possession.</p>
 
<p style="line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">Bandra became tributary to the Portuguese in 1532. Gerson Da Cunha in his "The Origin of Bombay" (1900), gave us an abridgement of an account from 'Lendas da India'. In this account there is a description of how Diogo da Silveira brought Thane, Bandra, Mahim and Bombay under tribute. In 1534, King Bahadur Shah of Gujarat, ceded Vasai, Salsette and the adjacent areas to the Portuguese. Bandra thus became a Portuguese possession.</p>
   
 
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">In 1548, Bandra, Kurla, Mazagaon and four other villages were given by the Governor of Portuguese India to a certain Antonio Pessoa as a reward for his military services. This wa</p>
 
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">In 1548, Bandra, Kurla, Mazagaon and four other villages were given by the Governor of Portuguese India to a certain Antonio Pessoa as a reward for his military services. This wa</p>
   
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">s confirmed by the Royal Chancellery on the 2nd February, 1550. As these villages were given for a period of 'two lives', they reverted to the Viceroy after the death of Isabella Botelha, the widow of Antonio Pessoa. The Jesuits who had applied for these villages in anticipation of the death of Isabella Botelha obtained them from the Viceroy in 1568 and the Roya</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">s confirmed by the Royal Chancellery on the 2nd February, 1550. As these villages were given for a period of 'two lives', they reverted to the Viceroy after the death of Isabella Botelha, the widow of Antonio Pessoa. The Jesuits who had applied for these villages in anticipation of the death of Isabella Botelha obtained them from the Viceroy in 1568 and the Royal confirmation was received in 1570.</p>
   
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">l confirmation was received in 1570.</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">The Portuguese gave the sole ownership of Bandra, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parel Parel], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wadala Wadala] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sion,_India Sion] to the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesuit Jesuit] priests. In 1570, the Jesuits built a college and a church in Bandra by the name St Anne's (Santa Anna) College and Church. In the mid-18th century, the traveller [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Fryer_(sailor) John Fryer] recorded that the Jesuit church, which stood near the sea shore, was still in use.</p>
 
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">The Portuguese gave the sole ownership of Bandra, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parel Parel], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wadala Wadala] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sion,_India Sion] to the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesuit Jesuit] priests. In 1570, the Jesuits built a college and a church in Bandra by the name St Anne's (Santa Anna) College and Church. In the mid-18th century, the traveller [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Fryer_(sailor) John Fryer] recorded that the Jesuit chur</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">ch, which stood near the sea shore, was still in use.</p>
 
   
 
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">In 1661 when King Charles married Catherina of Portugal, Bombay was given to England as part of the dowry. But Salsette, which included Bandra, was not part of this treaty and remained with the Portuguese.</p>
 
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">In 1661 when King Charles married Catherina of Portugal, Bombay was given to England as part of the dowry. But Salsette, which included Bandra, was not part of this treaty and remained with the Portuguese.</p>
   
 
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">The Jesuits were the owners of Bandra till 1739. In this year, with the threat of a Maratha invasion, they appealed to the British for help, and were advised to destroy all fortifications around the chapel and the fortress Aguada. However, all of Salsette fell to the Marathas who ruled over the region (including Bandra) for 2 decades.</p>
 
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">The Jesuits were the owners of Bandra till 1739. In this year, with the threat of a Maratha invasion, they appealed to the British for help, and were advised to destroy all fortifications around the chapel and the fortress Aguada. However, all of Salsette fell to the Marathas who ruled over the region (including Bandra) for 2 decades.</p>
===<span class="editsection" style="-webkit-user-select:none;float:right;margin-left:5px;">[[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bandra&action=edit&section=3 edit]]</span>British Rule===
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==='''British Rule'''===
 
<p style="line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">After the battle of Panipat in 1761, Maratha power declined and the British took over. Salsette including Bandra came under British rule. The Portuguese were left with just Goa, Daman and Diu. Bandra was under the British from 1 January 1775 till 14 August 1947.</p>
 
<p style="line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">After the battle of Panipat in 1761, Maratha power declined and the British took over. Salsette including Bandra came under British rule. The Portuguese were left with just Goa, Daman and Diu. Bandra was under the British from 1 January 1775 till 14 August 1947.</p>
   
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">The English found in this newly acquired territory of Salsette thousands of Indian families who were converted to Christianity.. It was from these families the English drew their supplies of clerks, assistants and secretaries. At that time there was hardly a Hindu, Parsi or Muslim who could read Roman ch</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">The English found in this newly acquired territory of Salsette thousands of Indian families who were converted to Christianity.. It was from these families the English drew their supplies of clerks, assistants and secretaries. At that time there was hardly a Hindu, Parsi or Muslim who could read Roman characters.</p>
   
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">aracters.</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">There was also a large influx of Christians from Goa, Karnataka and Kerala and this prompted local converts to take the name of 'East Indians' and form the East Indian Association on 26 May 1887 to distinguish the 'sons of the soil' who were the first employees of the East India Company, from Indian Christians who came from further down the West coast and shared the same names and religion, and vied for the same jobs. Bandra at one time was peopled mainly by East Indians (original residents of Bombay Salsette, Bassein, and Thana), a few Goans and Manglorian immigrants, Parsis, Muslims, Europeans and Hindu Kolis. Christians in Bandra are mostly of the Koli, Bhandari and Kunbi castes. In 1733, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kunbi Kunbi] farmers migrated to this island from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colaba Colaba] because the fish manure they used was banned.</p>
   
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">There was also a large influx of Christians from Goa, Karnataka and Ke</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">Bandra remained a village with plantations of rice and vegetables in the low-lying areas of the island until it was connected to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahim Mahim] by a causeway in 1845. Many bungalows were built in the decades of the 1860s and 70s. The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pali_Hill Pali Hill] area, near the much older [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pali_Village Pali Village] and now inhabited mostly by members of the film community, saw the first constructions only in the 1880s.</p>
 
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">rala and this prompted local converts to take the name of 'East Indians' and form the East Indian Association on 26 May 1887 to distinguish the 'sons of the soil' who were the first employees of the East India Company, from Indian Christians who came from further down the West coast and shared the same names and religion, and vied for the same jobs. Bandra at one time was peopled mainly by East Indians (original residents of Bombay Salsette, Bassein, and Thana), a few Goans and Manglorian immigrants, Parsis, Muslims, Europeans and Hindu Kolis. Christians in Bandra are mostly of the Koli, Bhandari and Kunbi castes. In 1733, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kunbi Kunbi] farmers migrated to this island from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colaba Colaba] because the fish manure they used was banned.</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">Bandra remained a village with plantations of rice and vegetables in the low-lying areas of the island until it was connected to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahim Mahim] by a causeway in 1845. Many bungalows were built in the decades of the 1860s and 70s. The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pali_Hill Pali Hill] area, near the much older [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pali_Village Pali Village] and now inhabited mostly by members of the film community, saw the first constructions only in the 1880s.</p>
 
   
 
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">On 12th Apr 1867 the first railway service was inaugurated with one train per day between Virar and Bombay. Six yrs later it was increased to 24 each day and now there are 940 trains that stop at Bandra every day. Till as late as the 30s Bandra had only one bus service from Pali Naka, Hill road to the Rly station. Other people just walked to the nearest Rly station. After World War II the building boom started to accommodate immigrants.</p>
 
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">On 12th Apr 1867 the first railway service was inaugurated with one train per day between Virar and Bombay. Six yrs later it was increased to 24 each day and now there are 940 trains that stop at Bandra every day. Till as late as the 30s Bandra had only one bus service from Pali Naka, Hill road to the Rly station. Other people just walked to the nearest Rly station. After World War II the building boom started to accommodate immigrants.</p>
===<span class="editsection" style="-webkit-user-select:none;float:right;margin-left:5px;">[[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bandra&action=edit&section=4 edit]]</span>Bandra in colonial era===
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==='''Bandra in colonial era'''===
 
<p style="line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">There was an 18 hole golf course in Bandra called Danda Green with an English style Club House on the top of the hill, surrounded by trees. Membership was only for the British who lived in Pali Hill. Each cottage had a stable for horses.</p>
 
<p style="line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">There was an 18 hole golf course in Bandra called Danda Green with an English style Club House on the top of the hill, surrounded by trees. Membership was only for the British who lived in Pali Hill. Each cottage had a stable for horses.</p>
   
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">Bandra consisted of the villages Sherly, Malla, Rajan, Kantwady, Waroda, Ranwar, Boran,Pali and Chuim. Ranwar also had a tennis court and the famous Ranwar Club famous for its Chri</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">Bandra consisted of the villages Sherly, Malla, Rajan, Kantwady, Waroda, Ranwar, Boran,Pali and Chuim. Ranwar also had a tennis court and the famous Ranwar Club famous for its Christmas and New Year eve dances.</p>
   
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">stmas and New Year eve dances.</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">In the Bandra of the forties and earlier, large cottages with large gardens were available for rent at Rs 30 a month. Marriages were celebrated for 8 days from Thursday to Thursday for a Sunday wedding and the whole village was invited. Thursday was pig slaughter day and Friday was to make pappads for drinks, Saturday to make fugias and bring water from the village well to bathe the bride or groom. Sunday was the wedding ceremony and long reception. Monday was day of rest and to finish remaining food and on Tuesday the feet of guests were washed in exchange for cash. Then farewell dinner on Wed and guests left on Thursday by which time honeymoon was over.</p>
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==='''History of localities in Bandra'''===
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">In the Bandra of the forties and earlier, large cottages with large gardens were available for rent at Rs 30 a month. Marriages were celebrated for 8 days from Thursday to Thursday for a Sunday wedding and the whole village was invited. Thursday was pig slaughter day and Friday was to make pappads for drinks, Saturda</p>
 
 
[[File:Bandra4.jpg|thumb|259px]]<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">y to make fugias and bring water from the village well to bathe the bride or groom. Sunday was the wedding ceremony and long reception. Monday was day of rest and to finish remaining food and on Tuesday the feet of guests were washed in exchange for cash. Then farewell dinner on Wed and guests left on Thursday by which</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">time honeymoon was over.</p>
 
===<span class="editsection" style="-webkit-user-select:none;float:right;margin-left:5px;">[[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bandra&action=edit&section=5 edit]]</span>History of localities in Bandra===
 
 
<p style="line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">Godbunder Rd, which originally ran from Mahim causeway, then skirted Bazaar Rd, went past the Bandra talab (lake) and continued to Godbunder. The Road was later made straight by cutting through the talab. Bazaar Rd began at Godbunder Rd opposite the mosque and ran through the market keeping close to the coast which is now the reclamation. Bazaar Rd is only 2 km long but houses a Jain temple, Ram Mandir, Hanuman temple, Khoja mosque, Christian chapel and a Sikh gurduwara.</p>
 
<p style="line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">Godbunder Rd, which originally ran from Mahim causeway, then skirted Bazaar Rd, went past the Bandra talab (lake) and continued to Godbunder. The Road was later made straight by cutting through the talab. Bazaar Rd began at Godbunder Rd opposite the mosque and ran through the market keeping close to the coast which is now the reclamation. Bazaar Rd is only 2 km long but houses a Jain temple, Ram Mandir, Hanuman temple, Khoja mosque, Christian chapel and a Sikh gurduwara.</p>
   
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<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">Main roads in Bandra, Perry, Carter, Bullock, Kane, and Bates were named after British collectors and magistrates. Mr Carter was collector in 1924 and Mr Bullock was the Chief Magistrate.</p>
 
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">Main roads in Bandra, Perry, Carter, Bullock, Kane, and Bates were named after British collectors and magistrates. Mr Carter was collector in 1924 and Mr Bullock was the Chief Magistrate.</p>
   
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">The Portuguese built several churches in Bandra, one of the earliest being [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Andrew%27s_Church_(Mumbai) St. Andrew's Church] in 1575. Six churches with separate parishes lie within an area of four square kilometers. </p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">The Portuguese built several churches in Bandra, one of the earliest being [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Andrew%27s_Church_(Mumbai) St. Andrew's Church] in 1575. Six churches with separate parishes lie within an area of four square kilometers.</p>
   
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">These churches are: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Carmel Mount Carmel], St. Peter's Church, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Andrew%27s_Church_(Mumbai) St. Andrew's Church], St. Theresa's Church, St. Anne's and [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=St._Francis_D%27Assisi_Church.&action=edit&redlink=1 St. Francis D'Assisi Church.] The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount is affiliated to the parish of St. Andrew's Church, Bandra.<sup class="Template-Fact" style="line-height:1em;white-space:nowrap;">[''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed citation needed]'']</sup></p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">These churches are: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Carmel Mount Carmel], St. Peter's Church, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Andrew%27s_Church_(Mumbai) St. Andrew's Church], St. Theresa's Church, St. Anne's and [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=St._Francis_D%27Assisi_Church.&action=edit&redlink=1 St. Francis D'Assisi Church.] The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount is affiliated to the parish of St. Andrew's Church, Bandra.<sup class="Template-Fact" style="line-height:1em;white-space:nowrap;">[''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed citation needed]'']</sup></p>
   
 
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">There are over 150 crosses at various places. Many crosses were built to ward off the plague epidemic (1896-1906). The oldest is the one relocated in St Andrew's church compound. Stands 17 ft high and made of a single stone. It was originally in the Jesuit seminary of St Anne built in 1610. The bldg was destroyed in 1739 and the cross was relocated to St Andrews church. The surface is carved all over with 39 emblems of the passion of Christ. The walls enclosing the compound of St Andrew's church were built by a Parsi, Manockjee Sorabjee Ashburner in 1862. This is recorded on a slab on the main gate of the enclosure.</p>
 
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">There are over 150 crosses at various places. Many crosses were built to ward off the plague epidemic (1896-1906). The oldest is the one relocated in St Andrew's church compound. Stands 17 ft high and made of a single stone. It was originally in the Jesuit seminary of St Anne built in 1610. The bldg was destroyed in 1739 and the cross was relocated to St Andrews church. The surface is carved all over with 39 emblems of the passion of Christ. The walls enclosing the compound of St Andrew's church were built by a Parsi, Manockjee Sorabjee Ashburner in 1862. This is recorded on a slab on the main gate of the enclosure.</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">The Tata Agiary on Hill Rd was built by Tata in memory of his wife in 1884.</p>
 
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">The Tata Agiary on Hill Rd was built by Tata in memory of his wife in 1884.</p>
====<span class="editsection" style="-webkit-user-select:none;float:right;margin-left:5px;">[[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bandra&action=edit&section=6 edit]]</span>Mount Mary's Church====
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===='''Mount Mary's Church'''====
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<p style="line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">People of all faiths and communities visit the church giving the place a syncretic nature. The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandra_Fair Bandra Fair] is held during the eight days of the Octave (starting on the Sunday following September 8) when pilgrims throng the church, coming from as far North as [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasai Vasai] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virar Virar] and as far East as [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thane Thane].The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chapel chapel] of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Mary Mount Mary], was built around 1640. Lore has it that the chapel was destroyed in 1738 during a raid by Marathas. The statue of the Virgin was recovered from the sea by fishermen and temporarily installed in St. Andrew's church, before being shifted to the rebuilt Mount Mary Church in 1761, the year marking beginning of Bandra feast as it is celebrated today. To this day, the statue is venerated and many miracles, minor and major, are attributed to the Lady of the Mount. The architect of Mount Mary's church was a Bombay architect Shahpoorjee Chandabhoy. The basilica was built in 1904 at a cost of 1 lakh. It was built to serve the garrison posted at Castella de Aguada- the fort at Land's End road. In 1879, Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy constructed a flight of steps from foot of Mt Mary hill to north side of church known as the "Degrados de Bomanjee" ('Steps of Bomanjee').</p>
People of all faiths and communities visit the church giving the place a syncretic nature. The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandra_Fair Bandra Fair] is held during the eight days of the Octave (starting on the Sunday following September 8) wh</p>
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=='''Educational Institutes'''==
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<p style="line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">The first school founded in Bandra after Bombay passed on to the English was St. Andrew’s Parish School, started by the Vicar, Fr. Francisco de Mello in 1780, to teach Catechism to the children of the parish. This later became '''St. Andrew High School'''.</p>
   
<p style="line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">en pilgrims throng the church, coming from as far North as [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasai Vasai] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virar Virar] and as far East as [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thane Thane].<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-2" style="line-height:1em;">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandra#cite_note-2 [2]]</sup><sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-3" style="line-height:1em;">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandra#cite_note-3 [3]]</sup>The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chapel chapel] of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Mary Mount Mary], was built around 1640. Lore has it that the chapel was destroyed in 1738 during a raid by Marathas. The statue of the Virgin was recovered from the sea by fishermen and temporarily installed in St. Andrew's church, before being shifted to the rebuilt Mount Mary Church in 1761, the year marking beginning of Bandra feast as it is celebrated today. To this day, the statue is venerated and many miracles, minor and major, are attributed to the Lady of the Mount. The architect of Mount Mary's church wa</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">'''St. Stanislaus School''' was founded in 1863 by the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesuits Society of Jesus]. It started as a 'Native Boy's orphanage', became a high school in 1923 and was the first English medium school in the suburbs. Later it grew to be a full-fledged educational institution for day-scholars as well as boarders. What started out as a school for 40 orphans has now grown to support 2,300 students.</p>
   
<p style="line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">s a Bombay architect Shahpoorjee Chandabhoy. The basilica was built in 1904 at a cost of 1 lakh. It was built to serve the garrison posted at Castella de Aguada- the fort at Land's End road. In 1879, Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy constructed a flight of steps from foot of Mt Mary hill to north side of church known as the "Degrados de Bomanjee" ('Steps of Bomanjee').</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">R. D. National College was originally set up in 1922 in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyderabad,_Pakistan Hyderabad, Pakistan] under the guidance of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annie_Besant Annie Besant]. After the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Partition_of_India partition of India], it was set up again, in 1949, in Bandra.</p>
====<span class="editsection" style="-webkit-user-select:none;float:right;margin-left:5px;">[[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bandra&action=edit&section=7 edit]]</span>Educational Insitutions====
 
<p style="line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">The first school founded in Bandra after Bombay passed on to the English was S</p>
 
   
<p style="line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">t. Andrew’s Parish School, started by the Vicar, Fr. Francisco de Mello in 1780, to teach Catechism to the children of the parish. This later became '''St. Andrew High School'''.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-4" style="line-height:1em;">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandra#cite_note-4 [4]]</sup></p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">'''St.Theresa's High School''' grew out of St.Andrews Indian Christians School, housed in a very dilapated building situated in Old Khar. This school was founded on 1918 and was taken over by religious society called Society of Divine Word ( S.V.D). IN 1952.And now the school is counted among the best educated schools in Mumbai.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-5" style="line-height:1em;">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandra#cite_note-5 [5]]</sup></p>
   
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">'''St. Stanislaus School''' was founded in 1863 by the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesuits Society of Jesus]. It started as a 'Native Boy's orphanage', became a high school in 1923 and was the first English medium school in the suburbs. Later it grew to be a full-fledged educational institution for day-scholars as well as boarders. What started out as a school for 40 orphans has now grown to support 2,300 students.</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">'''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardinal_Gracias_High_School Cardinal Gracias High School]''' is a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convent_school convent school] located in eastern Bandra.</p>
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==Geography==
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<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">Like most places in Mumbai, Bandra is split by the local railway-line into Bandra West (PIN code 400050) and Bandra-East (PIN code 400051). The part of Bandra located on the western side of the railway line evolved into a fashionable suburb by the middle of the 20thcentury. Film director, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehboob_Khan Mehboob Khan], established [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehboob_Studio Mehboob Studio] here in 1954. Soon the area was abuzz with film-related activities. A recording studio was set up in the 1970s.</p>
   
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">R. D. National College was originally set up in 1922 in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyderabad,_Pakistan Hyderabad, Pakistan] under the guidance of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annie_Besant Annie Besant]. After the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Partition_of_India partition of India], it was set up again, in 1949, in Bandra.</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">The east, in the mid-to-late 1990s emerged as a commercial and administrative hub. It houses the Family Court, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandra-Kurla_complex Bandra-Kurla Commercial Complex], the office of the state housing development authority (MHADA), the office of the District Collector and so on. The residential quarters of the employees of the Maharashtra State Government are also located here.</p>
   
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">'''St.Theresa's High School''' grew out of St.Andrews Indian Christians School, hou</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">Most roads and places in Bandra possess English names that were given to them during British rule. They have been renamed over time but many are still popularly known by their old names.</p>
   
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">sed in a very dilapated building situated in Old Khar. This school was founded on 1918 and was taken over by religious society called Society of Divine Word ( S.V.D). IN 1952.And now the school is counted among the best educated schools in Mumbai.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-5" style="line-height:1em;">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandra#cite_note-5 [5]]</sup></p>
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*Neighbouring suburbs: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dharavi Dharavi], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khar,_Mumbai Khar], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurla Kurla], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahim Mahim], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Cruz_(Mumbai) Santacruz]
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*Arterial Roads: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swami_Vivekanand_Road Swami Vivekanand Road] (S.V Road), [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linking_Road Linking Road], [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Turner_Road_(Guru_Nanak_Marg)&action=edit&redlink=1 Turner], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hill_Road Hill Road] (renamed Ramdas Nayak Marg), [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carter_Road Carter Road] (renamed Naushad Ali Marg), [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Navpada_Road_(Balsamant)&action=edit&redlink=1 Navpada Road (Balsamant)],[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Express_Highway Western Express Highway]. The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandra-Worli_Sea_Link Bandra-Worli Sea Link] connects the western part of Bandra to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worli Worli] by the sea route, thus diverting a lot of road traffic.
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==Bandra Lake==
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<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">'''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardinal_Gracias_High_School Cardinal Gracias High School]''' is a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convent_school convent school] located in eastern Bandra.</p>
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Main article: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandra_Talao Bandra Talao]
====<span class="editsection" style="-webkit-user-select:none;float:right;margin-left:5px;">[[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bandra&action=edit&section=8 edit]]</span>Bandra Lake====
 
   
[[File:Bandra3.jpg|thumb|259px]]
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<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandra_Lake Bandra Lake], also called "Bandra Talao" or "Motha Reservoir" was constructed by a rich [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konkani Konkani] Muslim of Navpada (also spelt Naupada or Naopara), an adjoining village.</p>
Main article: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandra_Talao Bandra Talao]<p style="line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandra_Lake Bandra Lake], also called "Bandra Talao" or "Motha Reservoir" was constructed by a rich [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konkani Konkani] Muslim of Navpada (also spelt Naupada or Naopara), an adjoining village.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-6" style="line-height:1em;">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandra#cite_note-6 [6]]</sup></p>
 
   
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">The lake was later acquired by the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Municipal_Corporation_of_Greater_Mumbai Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai]. It was officially r</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">The lake was later acquired by the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Municipal_Corporation_of_Greater_Mumbai Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai]. It was officially r</p>
   
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">enamed Swami Vivekanand Sarovar. Paddle boating facilities and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pisciculture pisciculture] activities were operational in this lake during the 1990s. This lake is now a heritage structure of status "Heritage II".<sup class="Template-Fact" style="line-height:1em;white-space:nowrap;">[''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed citation needed]'']</sup></p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">enamed Swami Vivekanand Sarovar. Paddle boating facilities and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pisciculture pisciculture] activities were operational in this lake during the 1990s. This lake is now a heritage structure of status "Heritage II".</p>
 
==<span class="editsection" style="-webkit-user-select:none;float:right;margin-left:5px;">[[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bandra&action=edit&section=9 edit]]</span>Geography==
 
 
 
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:MumbaiClimate.jpg ]Sunset at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandstand_Promenade Bandra Bandstand]<p style="line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">Like most places in Mumbai, Bandra is split by the local railway-line into Bandra West (PIN code 400050) and Bandra-East (PIN code 400051). The part of Bandra located on the western side of the railway line evolved into a fashionable suburb by the middle of the 20th </p>
 
 
<p style="line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">century. Film director, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehboob_Khan Mehboob Khan], established [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehboob_Studio Mehboob Studio] here in 1954. Soon the area was abuzz with film-related activities. A recording studio was set up in the 1970s.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-pn_7-0" style="line-height:1em;">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandra#cite_note-pn-7 [7]]</sup><sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-dn_8-0" style="line-height:1em;">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandra#cite_note-dn-8 [8]]</sup></p>
 
 
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">The east, in the mid-to-late 1990s emerged as a commercial and administrative hub. It houses the Family Court, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandra-Kurla_complex Bandra-Kurla Commercial Complex], the office of the state housing development authority (MHADA), the office of the District Collector and so on. The residential quarters of the employees of the Maharashtra State Government are also located here.</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">Most roads and places in Bandra possess English names that were given to them during British rule. They have been renamed over time but many are still popularly known by their old names.</p>
 
*Neighbouring suburbs: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dharavi Dharavi], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khar,_Mumbai Khar], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurla Kurla], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahim Mahim], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Cruz_(Mumbai) Santacruz]
 
*Arterial Roads: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swami_Vivekanand_Road Swami Vivekanand Road] (S.V Road), [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linking_Road Linking Road], [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Turner_Road_(Guru_Nanak_Marg)&action=edit&redlink=1 Turner]==[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Turner_Road_(Guru_Nanak_Marg)&action=edit&redlink=1
 
]==
 
[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Turner_Road_(Guru_Nanak_Marg)&action=edit&redlink=1 Road (Guru Nanak Marg)], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hill_Road Hill Road] (renamed Ramdas Nayak Marg), [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carter_Road Carter Road] (renamed Naushad Ali Marg), [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Navpada_Road_(Balsamant)&action=edit&redlink=1 Navpada Road (Balsamant)], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Express_Highway Western Express Highway]. The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandra-Worli_Sea_Link Bandra-Worli Sea Link] connects the western part of Bandra to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worli Worli] by the sea route, thus diverting a lot of road traffic.
 
 
==Transport==
 
==Transport==
<p style="margin-bottom:0.1em;">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandra_railway_station Bandra railw][http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandra_railway_station ay station]<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.200000762939453px;"> is connected via the </span>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Railway_Zone_(India) Western Railway]<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.200000762939453px;"> and the </span>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harbour_Line Harbour Line]<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.200000762939453px;">, which is an offshoot of the suburban </span>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Railway_(India) Central Railway]<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.200000762939453px;">. It also has a newly built terminus called </span>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandra_Terminus Bandra Terminus]<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.200000762939453px;"> in Bandra (E) from where trains bound for northern and western India are scheduled regularly. The important trains include the Bandra - </span>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indore Indore]<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.200000762939453px;"> Express, Bandra - </span>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patna Patna]<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.200000762939453px;"> Express, Bandra - </span>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaipur Jaipur]<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.200000762939453px;"> Express, Bandra - </span>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jodhpur Jodhpur]<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.200000762939453px;"> Express and the Bandra - </span>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amritsar Amritsar]<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.200000762939453px;"> Express</span></p>
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<p style="margin-bottom:0.1em;">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandra_railway_station Bandra railw][http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandra_railway_station ay station]<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.200000762939453px;"> is connected via the </span>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Railway_Zone_(India) Western Railway]<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.200000762939453px;"> and the </span>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harbour_Line Harbour Line]<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.200000762939453px;">, which is an offshoot of the suburban </span>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Railway_(India) Central Railway]<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.200000762939453px;">. It also has a newly built terminus called </span>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandra_Terminus Bandra Terminus]<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.200000762939453px;"> in Bandra (E) from where trains bound for northern and western India are scheduled regularly. The important trains include the Bandra - </span>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indore Indore]<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.200000762939453px;"> Express, Bandra - </span>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patna Patna]<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.200000762939453px;"> Express, Bandra - </span>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaipur Jaipur]<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.200000762939453px;"> Express, Bandra - </span>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jodhpur Jodhpur]<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.200000762939453px;"> Express and the Bandra -</span>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amritsar Amritsar]<span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.200000762939453px;"> Express</span></p>
 
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">Public transport [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brihanmumbai_Electric_Supply_and_Transport BEST] buses, auto rickshaws and taxis are abundant. As you travel southwards, Bandra is the last point up to which auto rickshaws ply. Beyond Bandra, as you enter Mahi</p>
 
==[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Turner_Road_(Guru_Nanak_Marg)&action=edit&redlink=1 [[File:BANDRA-WORLI-SEA-LINK.jpg|thumb|400px]]]==
 
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">m, only taxis are allowed to ply.</p>
 
 
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandra-Worli_Sea_Link Bandra-Worli Sea Link] bridge connects Bandra West with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worli Worli] located in central Mumbai.</p>
 
   
<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">Due to Bandra's central location, most parts of the city are easily accessible.</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-bottom:0.5em;line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">Public transport [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brihanmumbai_Electric_Supply_and_Transport BEST] buses, auto rickshaws and taxis are abundant. As you travel southwards, Bandra is the last point up to which auto rickshaws ply. Beyond Bandra, as you enter Mahi</p>
==<span class="editsection" style="-webkit-user-select:none;float:right;margin-left:5px;">[[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bandra&action=edit&section=11 edit]]</span>Places of interest==
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==Places of interest==
<p style="color:rgb(0,0,0);background-image:none;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0.6em;overflow:hidden;padding-top:0.5em;padding-bottom:0.17em;border-bottom-color:rgb(170,170,170);font-size:19px;font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.200000762939453px;">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jogger%27s_Park Jogger's Park]: Jogger's Park is a small seaside jogging track where joggers of Bandra congregate. The pretty little park, next to the Otter's Club, another recreation place for Bandra denizens, was where Bombay's first laughing club was launched.</p>
 
 
*Bandra Reclamation
 
*Bandra Reclamation
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Mary%27s_Basilica Mount Mary's Basilica] (in picture)
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Mary%27s_Basilica Mount Mary's Basilica] (in picture)
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castella_de_Aguada Castella de Aguada], a seventeenth century fort at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land%27s_End,_Bandra Land's End], the southernmost point of Bandra
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castella_de_Aguada Castella de Aguada], a seventeenth century fort at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land%27s_End,_Bandra Land's End], the southernmost point of Bandra
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandstand_Promenade Bandstand Promenade]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandstand_Promenade Bandstand Promenade]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandra-Kurla_complex Bandra-Kurla complex]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandra-Kurla_complex Bandra-Kurla complex]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carter_Road_Promenade Carter Road Promenade]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carter_Road_Promenade Carter Road Promenade]
==<span class="editsection" style="-webkit-user-select:none;float:right;margin-left:5px;">[[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bandra&action=edit&section=12 edit]]</span>Problems==
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==Problems==
 
<p style="line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">Despite commanding one of the highest property rates in Mumbai and being considered a most fashionable place to live in, Bandra has long suffered from problems of over-crowding, traffic congestions, haphazard construction of buildings and illegal hawking. Parking space availability is a major problem. Hill Road, one of Bandra's major roads continues to be heavily congested due to illegal hawkers setting up shops on the road itself. Also, the prices of commodities is higher compared to the other suburbs. Demolition of old bungalows along the narrow bylanes for new high rises has resulted in Bandra losing its charm and becoming a display of unplanned constructions leading to a multitude of problems.</p>
 
<p style="line-height:19.200000762939453px;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:sans-serif;">Despite commanding one of the highest property rates in Mumbai and being considered a most fashionable place to live in, Bandra has long suffered from problems of over-crowding, traffic congestions, haphazard construction of buildings and illegal hawking. Parking space availability is a major problem. Hill Road, one of Bandra's major roads continues to be heavily congested due to illegal hawkers setting up shops on the road itself. Also, the prices of commodities is higher compared to the other suburbs. Demolition of old bungalows along the narrow bylanes for new high rises has resulted in Bandra losing its charm and becoming a display of unplanned constructions leading to a multitude of problems.</p>
 
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Bandra is a suburb located in north west Mumbai, India. It has earned the sobriquet "Queen Of The Suburbs". The Bandra railway station is located on the Western line of the Mumbai Suburban Railway. Bandra is a highly coveted location for restaurants, pubs, bars, and high-street stores.

The suburb is also famous for its coastline, with promenades along Carter Road,Bandstand and Reclamation. Many Bollywood actors live along the Bandstand PromenadeCarter Road and in the Pali Hill areas. The population and culture of Bandra is quite cosmopolitan in nature. It consists of a fair amount of HindusChristians (Catholics and others), Parsis (Zoroastrians), and Muslims.

Bandra is home to numerous churches, including Mount Mary's Basilica. The Parsifire-temple, Tata Agiary is located on Hill Road. Other famous religious places include the Jama Masjid (mosque) located near Bandra West railway station and the temple of Goddess Jari-Mari, located on S.V Road. A municipal lake, Swami Vivekanand Talao, is located in Bandra. It was closed to the general public in the mid 1990s.

History

The name 'Bandra' is possibly an adaptation of the Persian (and also Urdu) word bandar, which Duncan Forbes' A Dictionary, Hindustani and English (1848) defines as 'a city; an emporium; a port, harbour; a trading town to which numbers of foreign merchants resort'.[1] In Marathi, Bandra is known as Vandre, which also means 'port' and is possibly derived from the same Urdu/Persian word.

It is referred to as "Bandora" on gravestones in the cemetery of St. Andrew's Church and in the writings of Mountstuart Elphinstone of the British East India Company which describe endeavours to acquire the island of Salsette. It was Bandor as the Portuguese called it in 1505, then called Bandera, Bandura, Bandore, Pandara, Bandorah, Bandara and finally Bandra.

The area was under the rule of the Silhara dynasty in the 12th century.

Portuguese Rule

Bandra became tributary to the Portuguese in 1532. Gerson Da Cunha in his "The Origin of Bombay" (1900), gave us an abridgement of an account from 'Lendas da India'. In this account there is a description of how Diogo da Silveira brought Thane, Bandra, Mahim and Bombay under tribute. In 1534, King Bahadur Shah of Gujarat, ceded Vasai, Salsette and the adjacent areas to the Portuguese. Bandra thus became a Portuguese possession.

In 1548, Bandra, Kurla, Mazagaon and four other villages were given by the Governor of Portuguese India to a certain Antonio Pessoa as a reward for his military services. This wa

s confirmed by the Royal Chancellery on the 2nd February, 1550. As these villages were given for a period of 'two lives', they reverted to the Viceroy after the death of Isabella Botelha, the widow of Antonio Pessoa. The Jesuits who had applied for these villages in anticipation of the death of Isabella Botelha obtained them from the Viceroy in 1568 and the Royal confirmation was received in 1570.

The Portuguese gave the sole ownership of Bandra, ParelWadala and Sion to the Jesuit priests. In 1570, the Jesuits built a college and a church in Bandra by the name St Anne's (Santa Anna) College and Church. In the mid-18th century, the traveller John Fryer recorded that the Jesuit church, which stood near the sea shore, was still in use.

In 1661 when King Charles married Catherina of Portugal, Bombay was given to England as part of the dowry. But Salsette, which included Bandra, was not part of this treaty and remained with the Portuguese.

The Jesuits were the owners of Bandra till 1739. In this year, with the threat of a Maratha invasion, they appealed to the British for help, and were advised to destroy all fortifications around the chapel and the fortress Aguada. However, all of Salsette fell to the Marathas who ruled over the region (including Bandra) for 2 decades.

British Rule

After the battle of Panipat in 1761, Maratha power declined and the British took over. Salsette including Bandra came under British rule. The Portuguese were left with just Goa, Daman and Diu. Bandra was under the British from 1 January 1775 till 14 August 1947.

The English found in this newly acquired territory of Salsette thousands of Indian families who were converted to Christianity.. It was from these families the English drew their supplies of clerks, assistants and secretaries. At that time there was hardly a Hindu, Parsi or Muslim who could read Roman characters.

There was also a large influx of Christians from Goa, Karnataka and Kerala and this prompted local converts to take the name of 'East Indians' and form the East Indian Association on 26 May 1887 to distinguish the 'sons of the soil' who were the first employees of the East India Company, from Indian Christians who came from further down the West coast and shared the same names and religion, and vied for the same jobs. Bandra at one time was peopled mainly by East Indians (original residents of Bombay Salsette, Bassein, and Thana), a few Goans and Manglorian immigrants, Parsis, Muslims, Europeans and Hindu Kolis. Christians in Bandra are mostly of the Koli, Bhandari and Kunbi castes. In 1733, Kunbi farmers migrated to this island from Colaba because the fish manure they used was banned.

Bandra remained a village with plantations of rice and vegetables in the low-lying areas of the island until it was connected to Mahim by a causeway in 1845. Many bungalows were built in the decades of the 1860s and 70s. The Pali Hill area, near the much older Pali Village and now inhabited mostly by members of the film community, saw the first constructions only in the 1880s.

On 12th Apr 1867 the first railway service was inaugurated with one train per day between Virar and Bombay. Six yrs later it was increased to 24 each day and now there are 940 trains that stop at Bandra every day. Till as late as the 30s Bandra had only one bus service from Pali Naka, Hill road to the Rly station. Other people just walked to the nearest Rly station. After World War II the building boom started to accommodate immigrants.

Bandra in colonial era

There was an 18 hole golf course in Bandra called Danda Green with an English style Club House on the top of the hill, surrounded by trees. Membership was only for the British who lived in Pali Hill. Each cottage had a stable for horses.

Bandra consisted of the villages Sherly, Malla, Rajan, Kantwady, Waroda, Ranwar, Boran,Pali and Chuim. Ranwar also had a tennis court and the famous Ranwar Club famous for its Christmas and New Year eve dances.

In the Bandra of the forties and earlier, large cottages with large gardens were available for rent at Rs 30 a month. Marriages were celebrated for 8 days from Thursday to Thursday for a Sunday wedding and the whole village was invited. Thursday was pig slaughter day and Friday was to make pappads for drinks, Saturday to make fugias and bring water from the village well to bathe the bride or groom. Sunday was the wedding ceremony and long reception. Monday was day of rest and to finish remaining food and on Tuesday the feet of guests were washed in exchange for cash. Then farewell dinner on Wed and guests left on Thursday by which time honeymoon was over.

History of localities in Bandra

Godbunder Rd, which originally ran from Mahim causeway, then skirted Bazaar Rd, went past the Bandra talab (lake) and continued to Godbunder. The Road was later made straight by cutting through the talab. Bazaar Rd began at Godbunder Rd opposite the mosque and ran through the market keeping close to the coast which is now the reclamation. Bazaar Rd is only 2 km long but houses a Jain temple, Ram Mandir, Hanuman temple, Khoja mosque, Christian chapel and a Sikh gurduwara.

Bandra had 2 hills, Mount Mary hill and Pali hill. Hill Rd starting from the station went through middle of Bandra town, past St Andrews to terminate at the foot of the Mount near Mehboob studio. Pali Rd began at St Peters and cut through Pali village till it reached Danda; BJ Rd runs from St Andrews to Lands End, was built by Byramjee Jeejebhoy and opened to public in 1878.

Main roads in Bandra, Perry, Carter, Bullock, Kane, and Bates were named after British collectors and magistrates. Mr Carter was collector in 1924 and Mr Bullock was the Chief Magistrate.

The Portuguese built several churches in Bandra, one of the earliest being St. Andrew's Church in 1575. Six churches with separate parishes lie within an area of four square kilometers.

These churches are: Mount Carmel, St. Peter's Church, St. Andrew's Church, St. Theresa's Church, St. Anne's and St. Francis D'Assisi Church. The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount is affiliated to the parish of St. Andrew's Church, Bandra.[citation needed]

There are over 150 crosses at various places. Many crosses were built to ward off the plague epidemic (1896-1906). The oldest is the one relocated in St Andrew's church compound. Stands 17 ft high and made of a single stone. It was originally in the Jesuit seminary of St Anne built in 1610. The bldg was destroyed in 1739 and the cross was relocated to St Andrews church. The surface is carved all over with 39 emblems of the passion of Christ. The walls enclosing the compound of St Andrew's church were built by a Parsi, Manockjee Sorabjee Ashburner in 1862. This is recorded on a slab on the main gate of the enclosure.

Salsette was originally separated by a tidal creek which Portuguese called B

andora creek. English changed it to Mahim creek. Crossing the Mahim creek was by ferry to the industrial town of Bombay. After many boats capsized, a road was built by Lady Jamsetji in 1843 at a cost of Rs.1, 55,800. It was designed by Lt. Crawford and opened to public in 1845.

The Tata Agiary on Hill Rd was built by Tata in memory of his wife in 1884.

Mount Mary's Church

People of all faiths and communities visit the church giving the place a syncretic nature. The Bandra Fair is held during the eight days of the Octave (starting on the Sunday following September 8) when pilgrims throng the church, coming from as far North as Vasai and Virar and as far East as Thane.The chapel of Mount Mary, was built around 1640. Lore has it that the chapel was destroyed in 1738 during a raid by Marathas. The statue of the Virgin was recovered from the sea by fishermen and temporarily installed in St. Andrew's church, before being shifted to the rebuilt Mount Mary Church in 1761, the year marking beginning of Bandra feast as it is celebrated today. To this day, the statue is venerated and many miracles, minor and major, are attributed to the Lady of the Mount. The architect of Mount Mary's church was a Bombay architect Shahpoorjee Chandabhoy. The basilica was built in 1904 at a cost of 1 lakh. It was built to serve the garrison posted at Castella de Aguada- the fort at Land's End road. In 1879, Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy constructed a flight of steps from foot of Mt Mary hill to north side of church known as the "Degrados de Bomanjee" ('Steps of Bomanjee').

Educational Institutes

The first school founded in Bandra after Bombay passed on to the English was St. Andrew’s Parish School, started by the Vicar, Fr. Francisco de Mello in 1780, to teach Catechism to the children of the parish. This later became St. Andrew High School.

St. Stanislaus School was founded in 1863 by the Society of Jesus. It started as a 'Native Boy's orphanage', became a high school in 1923 and was the first English medium school in the suburbs. Later it grew to be a full-fledged educational institution for day-scholars as well as boarders. What started out as a school for 40 orphans has now grown to support 2,300 students.

R. D. National College was originally set up in 1922 in Hyderabad, Pakistan under the guidance of Annie Besant. After the partition of India, it was set up again, in 1949, in Bandra.

St.Theresa's High School grew out of St.Andrews Indian Christians School, housed in a very dilapated building situated in Old Khar. This school was founded on 1918 and was taken over by religious society called Society of Divine Word ( S.V.D). IN 1952.And now the school is counted among the best educated schools in Mumbai.[5]

Cardinal Gracias High School is a convent school located in eastern Bandra.

Geography

Like most places in Mumbai, Bandra is split by the local railway-line into Bandra West (PIN code 400050) and Bandra-East (PIN code 400051). The part of Bandra located on the western side of the railway line evolved into a fashionable suburb by the middle of the 20thcentury. Film director, Mehboob Khan, established Mehboob Studio here in 1954. Soon the area was abuzz with film-related activities. A recording studio was set up in the 1970s.

The east, in the mid-to-late 1990s emerged as a commercial and administrative hub. It houses the Family Court, Bandra-Kurla Commercial Complex, the office of the state housing development authority (MHADA), the office of the District Collector and so on. The residential quarters of the employees of the Maharashtra State Government are also located here.

Most roads and places in Bandra possess English names that were given to them during British rule. They have been renamed over time but many are still popularly known by their old names.

Bandra Lake

Main article: Bandra Talao

Bandra Lake, also called "Bandra Talao" or "Motha Reservoir" was constructed by a rich Konkani Muslim of Navpada (also spelt Naupada or Naopara), an adjoining village.

The lake was later acquired by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai. It was officially r

enamed Swami Vivekanand Sarovar. Paddle boating facilities and pisciculture activities were operational in this lake during the 1990s. This lake is now a heritage structure of status "Heritage II".

Transport

Bandra railway station is connected via the Western Railway and the Harbour Line, which is an offshoot of the suburban Central Railway. It also has a newly built terminus called Bandra Terminus in Bandra (E) from where trains bound for northern and western India are scheduled regularly. The important trains include the Bandra - Indore Express, Bandra - Patna Express, Bandra - Jaipur Express, Bandra - Jodhpur Express and the Bandra -Amritsar Express

Public transport BEST buses, auto rickshaws and taxis are abundant. As you travel southwards, Bandra is the last point up to which auto rickshaws ply. Beyond Bandra, as you enter Mahi

Places of interest

Problems

Despite commanding one of the highest property rates in Mumbai and being considered a most fashionable place to live in, Bandra has long suffered from problems of over-crowding, traffic congestions, haphazard construction of buildings and illegal hawking. Parking space availability is a major problem. Hill Road, one of Bandra's major roads continues to be heavily congested due to illegal hawkers setting up shops on the road itself. Also, the prices of commodities is higher compared to the other suburbs. Demolition of old bungalows along the narrow bylanes for new high rises has resulted in Bandra losing its charm and becoming a display of unplanned constructions leading to a multitude of problems.

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