The Arabian story of Mumbai – Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai is a piece of brilliance and I was filled with awe at the sight of it.

Description: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) was the first railway station built in Mumbai. It took 10 long years to build the terminus (1878 -1888).   It was named after the then reigning Queen and was called as Victoria Terminus ( VT) , in 1996 it was renamed in honour of Great King Chhatrapati Shivaji, the 17th-century king,  founder of the Maratha Empire.

Its architecture bears some similarity to St Pancras railway station in London. The station building is designed in Victorian Gothic style of architecture and reveals a fusion of inspirations from Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival and traditional Indian architecture.  The centrally domed office structure has a C-shaped plan which is symmetrical on an east-west axis and has a 330 feet long platform connected to a 1,200 feet long train shed and this outlines the exterior layout of the building.

The Snapshots of the Remarkable Building:

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On my way to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus


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In its natural essence


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On the exterior there are statues representing Commerce, Agriculture, Engineering and Science.


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It is crowned by a high central dome, which is the focal point.


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The dome of dovetailed ribs built without centering was considered as a novel achievement of the era, it’s an octagonal ribbed structure with a colossal female figure symbolizing progress – holding a torch pointing upwards in her right hand and a spoked wheel in her left hand.


The city of Mumbai, a union of seven islands, is situated on the Arabian Sea coast of India and it’s abundant with elegant features.





  1. Been there so many times, never realised it was so beautiful till I read this. Thanks for wonderful insight.

  2. What a fantastic building and steeped in history, as is the entire Indian continent. What made our ancestors want to build Empires by subjugation of the indigenous peoples? The history shows how fantastic these people were before our arrival and they’re getting back some of that since our departure. Thank you for the pictures as well, the structure truly is amazing.

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