Banganga Tank


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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 2-3hrs
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Ruchi Shitole

Ruchi Shitole4.3/5

44 reviews

Ancient water tank of Mumbai

It is a part of Walkeshwar Temple near Malabar Hill. The place has the old and rustic feel to it. I visited the place for a photography session. Right place for capturing historic and temple pictures. An early morning visit is perfect time to see the Pandits performing Pooja.

Ramesh Kabra

Ramesh Kabra4.3/5

20 reviews

An oasis of peace & tranquility

India is a land of myths & legends and if they are to be believed then Banganga in Malabar Hills can be considered as the most sacred spot of Mumbai. According to folklore, Ram & Lakshman had visited this place near the sea shore during their search for abducted Sita. Ram was exhausted after a long trek and felt thirsty. He asked Lakshman to fetch water and as the only water available nearby was the salty sea water, Lakshman shot an arrow (ban) into the ground and river Ganga sprang out and hence the name Ban-Ganga. Even though sea is only 100 metres away from this place, the water of this tank is sweet. There are many temples, old & new, around the tank, the most famous and ancient being the Walkeshwar & Rameshwaram temples of Shiva. The story behind Walkeshwar temple is that Ram wanted to worship Shiva on the sea shore but could not find a Shiva Linga so he made a linga out of sand (walu in Marathi or balu in Hindi) and worshipped it. Hence the name Walkeshwar.As per the historical records, Banganga tank was constructed in the 12th century as a reservoir of drinking water. It was destroyed during the Portuguese occupation of Mumbai but was reconstructed sometime in the early 18th century. It is believed that the tank gets water from an underground spring! There was a time when there were around 20 large water tanks (talab/ pokhar in Hindi) in Mumbai that used to meet the water needs of the residents. Over time as the population increased and alternate sources of water (the lakes) were found, these tanks got filled up and there is no trace of them today except for the Banganga Tank and the Bandra Tank.As one enters the peaceful environs of Banganga after climbing down the Malabar Hill, one feels transported to the ghats of Varanasi or Rishikesh. There are steps (ghats) all around the rectangular water body. Many ancient idols of gods & goddesses lie strewn all around, open to the sky, almost in a state of neglect. At the entrance are two pillars which were used for lighting the earthen lamps. Under an ancient tree, the place where Lord Ram was believed to have come, his footprints made in marble are still venerated. The entire place, including, the temples all around are managed by trusts run by Maharashtrian Gaud Saraswat Brahmins. Looking at the upkeep of most of the Hindu religious locations, it can be said that the place is relatively clean and well kept. A festival of classic musical is held around the holy tank every year during January in which India's leading artists perform.On a Sunday afternoon under an incessant drizzle and with an umbrella in one hand and camera in another I spent a very satisfying hour savouring the beauty & sanctity of this place. I returned with the resolve to come back again to enjoy the music festival in these mystic sacred surroundings!! This place would definitely rank high in my list of must visit spots of Mumbai. The temples remain closed between 12 noon to 4 p. M.

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