Story of Mumbai
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The city is a modern metropolis filled with Mumbaikars; passionate about their rich past and heritage. The name Mumbai is derived from the name of a local Goddess called Mumbadevi and is currently the most populous city in India and the ninth most populous in the world, with roughly 18.4 million residents. Mumbai lies on the west coast of India featuring a deep natural harbour and was named an alpha world city and the financial, commercial and entertainment capital of India.
The seven islands that came to constitute Mumbai were home to communities of fishing colonies. For centuries, the islands were under the control of successive indigenous empires before being ceded to the Portuguese and subsequently to the British East India Company. During the mid-18th century, Mumbai was reshaped by the Hornby Vellard project, which undertook reclamation of the area between the seven islands from the sea. Along with construction of major roads and railways, the reclamation project, completed in 1845, transformed Mumbai into a major seaport on the Arabian Sea.
In the 19th century Mumbai was characterized by economic and educational development. During the early 20th century it became a strong base for the Indian independence movement. Upon India's independence in 1947 the city was incorporated into the Bombay State. Then in 1960, following the Samyukta Maharashtra movement, a new state of Maharashtra was created with Bombay as the capital.
Singer-songwriter and musician Freddie Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsara on September 5, 1946, in Zanzibar, Tanzania. As the frontman of Queen, Freddie Mercury was one of the most talented and innovative singers of the rock era. He spent time in a boarding school in Mumbai, India, where he studied piano.
In 1992, Mercury was posthumously awarded the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music, and a tribute concert was held at Wembley Stadium, London. As a member of Queen, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2002, he was placed number 58 in the BBC's 2002 poll of the 100 Greatest Britons. He is consistently voted one of the greatest singers in the history of popular music.
Even after his death his popularity has only grown and he will surely be remembered as a great artist of Mumbai forever.
The prized and shining gem of Mumbai is, of course, the Taj Mahal Palace; built in the 17th century and with a modern cost of approximately $827 million. Such a lavish construction is rivaled by no other in the nation. However, the Taj Mahal is not the oldest wonder of Mumbai- the Banganga Tank is an ancient water tank of the Walkeshwar Temple Complex built in 1127 and shrouded in local legend. The river is said to have sprang forth when the Lord Rama, the exiled hero of the epic Ramayana, stopped at the spot in search of his kidnapped wife Sita. As the legend goes, overcome with fatigue and thirst, Rama asked his brother Lakshmana to bring him some water. Laxman instantly shot an arrow into the ground, and water gushed forth from the ground, creating a tributary of the Ganges, which flows over a thousand miles away, hence its name, Banganga; the Ganga created by a baan (arrow).
Many wonders await in Mumbai- regardless of your origin, beliefs or goals, the ancient culture of Mumbai is breathtaking and touching.