Sunday, May 18, 2008


View:-Akurli village and sky scrappers, Kandivali
Kandivali or Kandivli is the name of a suburb of Mumbai. It is 20th down railway station from Churchgate on the Western Railway of Mumbai Suburban Railways.
Kandivali was under British when they ruled India. Kandivali as it is all known was first called Candolim or candol by the British.
The Kandivali railway station was built 100 years ago in 1907, then known as Khandolee. The station probably derived its name from the marathi word "Khaan" meaning mine. The area around Western Express between Malad and Kandivali had numerous stone quarries and was once famous for Malad Stone. Many heritage buildings in Mumbai were constructed with Malad stone between 1860 and 1930, notable among them are David Sasson library, Bombay House, Western Railway building at Churchgate.
The township was a semi-rural area up to the 1980s, with agricultural land, hutments and villages. With the real estate boomed up in the 1980s and 1990s, many residential projects started to shift northward. This saw a frenzied construction activity leading to large scale development. The area has also witnessed the highest appreciation in land value in Mumbai. It is now considered a posh residential location of western suburbs of Mumbai with a number of upmarket constructions and complexes. The area currently has swank malls, wide roads, multiplexes and numerous flyovers.
The original inhabitants are the Maharastrian , the East Indian Catholic community who reside at Kandivli village, Koli (fishermen) who reside in the Charkop village. Now it is cosmopolitan with Maharashtrians, Gujaratis, etc. It is one of the densely populated suburbs in Mumbai.
Western suburban railway line divides the area in two parts as Kandivali (West) and Kandivali (East).
Kandivali (West) Kandivali (West) includes village (gaon) , M.G.Road, Kamla Nagar, Mathuradas Road, Shanker Lane, Parekh Nagar, Dahanukar Wadi, Mahavir Nagar, Patel Nagar, Poisar, Ganesh Nagar, Irani wadi, Ekta Nagar and Charkop. It is a beautiful place and a cosmopolitan area. The oldest place in Kandivali is Kandivali Village (Gaon) which comprised of more than 5 families in 1800s. It developed a lot in 1900s.
There is a beautiful "Our Lady of Assumption Church" which is one of the oldest churches of Mumbai. The M.G road in Kandivali(west)has the famous Kala Hanuman temple which is visited by hundreds of devotees every day.Kandivali is also famous for 56 years old Shreeji temple(Girirajji ni Haveli) on Mathuradas Road that was built by Kashibai Govindji Mandani in 1952 and is at present being taken care of by Nagardas Sunderji Dholakia and his three sons Ramesh, Kirti & Girish Dholakia. Today more than 5000 people visit this temple every month.
Other notable places in Kandivali(West) are Dahanukar Wadi, Mahavir Nagar, Saibaba Nagar etc. RNA's Regency Park and their upcoming Royale Park are landmark projects in this area.
Charkop Village The original inhabitants are kolis (Fishermen, who reside in the village of charkop). The famous among them are Kenis, Bhandaris, Patils and Vaitys. The 'Dingeshwar Temple' where all villagers gather to-gether once in a year to worship the god. During these days they perform Palkhi and Satyanarayan Maha-Pooja. There is a Talao (lake) where 'Ganpati Imersion' takes place. Apart from one Municipal Marathi School, there is a Secondary School named "Ekveera Vidyalaya' run by a Trust named "Shri Ekveera Dnyan Prasarak Mandal". The Trust run Primary & Secondary Schools in Marathi as well as English mediums. Property prices in charkop area has increased significantly after announcement of Mumbai metro project wherein charkop will be a starting point. It's developed with lovely new buildings and towers. The newly under developing sector 8 especially looks amazing with new buildings and towers, siddhi heights is having sea-facing luxury flats, sea view, hill view, sea crown, sai prem apartment, sai siddhi, ruby tower etc. Charkop is starting up with some malls.
Kandivali (East) is a cosmopolitan area and includes Thakur Complex,Samata Nagar, Thakur Village, Asha Nagar, Hanuman Nagar and Lokhandwala Complex. It has one of the highest population concentration in Mumbai. Ashok Nagar is one of the oldest residential area here. Earlier, the only landmark in Kandivali (E) was the Mahindra & Mahindra Limited tractor division. Now the area has many tall skyscrapers and posh residential complexes.
Karsangli Devi Akurli Mata Mandir A beautiful temple of Shri Karsangli Akurli Mata is in existance in Kandivali (East) since last about 150 years.Perviously known as "Akurli Village" and said temple of goddess Shri Krusangali Devi Akurli Mata is gramdevata of the Akurli village,This temples is situated on open land about 1 acre 2 gunthas (Appor 4500 sq.meter),with Dakshin Mukhai Hanuman mandir,Sidhheshwar Mahadeo mandir,Shri Datta mandir and Shitaladevi mandir in its premises.Its existence since last 150 years old is proved by Govt.official record known as "Bombay Gazettor's year 1882 (VOL-XIV) on page no.102",available with dept.of Archive, Govt of Maharastara. Elepistan colleg building ,Fort,Mumbai. In which following information is given about the said temple. "About three miles north-east of Goregaon station,in a small wooden temple within the land of the deserted village of Akurli is an image of Devi known as "KARSAUGLI DEVI".This image is said to have been found at the bottom of a pond about thirty years ago and was set up and provided with a temple by a large Hindu landowner Mr.Bhau Rasul A few year ago(1875)a childless Hindu made a vow to the goddess and in due course his wife had a son.Since then a yearly fair has been hold on Magh fullmoon (Januray-Februry).It is attend by about 1000 Hindus beside some Musalmans and Parsis.
Gowshala Exactly opposite the Akurli Mata Mandir is the 120 year old Kandivali Gowshala, which is house to around 200 cows. This is spread over an area of 5 acres and is distinct green cover in an otherwise growing concrete jungle. However, the greenary is now limited to the interiors of Gowshala since recent developments have compelled the authorities to cut down the trees and grass in this locality.The cows are also kept inhouse most of the time and are fed from the interior & generally are not taken outside the locality.

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