Sunday, August 31, 2008


Dahisar is 22nd railway station from Churchgate. The history of Dahisar is probably as old as the ruins of Mandpeshwar caves Mandpeshwar caves Borivali that lie on the Dahisar - Borivali border. The origin of word Dahisar probably has got something to do with the Ten hamlets namely Kandarpada, Navagaon, Ovaripada, Ghartanpada, Ketaki pada, Raival Pada, Dahivali, Anand Nagar, Bhagalipada,Wadary Pada and Gaothan are the ten original hamlets of Dahisar which made up this village. "Dahi" stands for Ten in the language of Warlis, Dublis, Kolis and Agris, the original residents of Dahisar who still live primarily in the hamlets of Kandarpada and Gaothan and the tribals who live in the hills surrounding Dahisar - the Warlis and Dublis.
Dahisar was originally a part of Thane District, it became a part of Mumbai in the 1960s. With the construction of the railway line connecting Dahisar to the city of Mumbai over a century ago, came the first lot of migrants, the people from Sindhudurg region of Konkan. These migrants established the first planned residential areas of Dahisar - Maratha Colony in Dahisar East and Mhatre Wadi in the West. The Railway authorities wanted to name the rail head at Dahisar as Mount Poinsur Road, but the locals opposed this move and forced the authorities to name it as Dahisar.
Dahisar is surrounded by the scenic hills of Sanjay Gandhi National Park on the eastern side and the inlet of Manori creek and saltpans on the western side. Dahisar was once an idyllic place to live in, with small hillocks, mango orchards, a beautiful river, and numerous lakes and ponds. But as of today, the beautiful river, is now an extremely polluted stream of sewage, the orchards and hills have been obliterated by slums and lakes have now been filled over for building construction. The dense mangroves surrounding the inlet of Gorai creek however still remain and provide Dahisar with its last remaining stretch of wilderness. There was a time just 30 years back, when the marshy area which is now the link road, was full of gigantic boulders, all of which baring a couple have been demolished. Currently Dahisar has undergone a complete transformation, with better pedestrian sidewalks, wider & smoother roads. A new flyover is being built near Ashok Van on the Western Express High-Way which aims to ease traffic during the peak hours.
The 80s and 90s saw a spurt in the development of residential complexes. Anand Nagar was the first of the very large residential complexes to be built in Dahisar.
Medina Manzil, Patel Colony, Jainab Bagh, Sanjeevani and Gol Building were amongst the first building style residential areas of Dahisar. The 70s saw the setting up of residential areas of Gokul and Shailendra Nagar.
There are many temples in Dahisar. The main temples are Bhatladevi, Bhav Devi Mandir, Gaon Devi Mandir, Vithal Mandir, Sri Datta Mandir, Sri Krishna Mandir, Khodiyar Mandir, Radhakrishan Mandir, Vital-Rukhmai Mandir, Sri Krishna's Haweli (Vaishnava's), Swami Narayan's Mandir, Sri Shantinaath Dada Jain Mandir, Sai Baba Temple (Gaonthan) and Sairam Temple Padmavilla Kiran Joshi House. These are main and the most famous temples in Dahisar.
There is a new Garden for kids and senior citizens to jog around. There is newly posted statue of Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. There is also a new constructions on of Flyover Bridge for passing the vehicles from link road directly connecting to the National Highway No. 8 near Checknaka.

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