The Collection: The Arabian story of Mumbai

Mumbai is the financial capital of India …

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Mumbai is the financial, commercial and entertainment capital of India. It is the most populous city in India and the ninth most populous agglomeration in the world, it is also the wealthiest city in India—Mumbai has the highest number of billionaires and millionaires among all cities in India.

 

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The Arabian story of Mumbai – Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

Reveals a fusion of inspirations from Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival and traditional Indian architecture …

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.

 

 

 

The Arabian story of Mumbai – Flora Fountain

Flora Fountain is an exquisitely sculpted heritage monument named after Flora … It sensed as though I have taken a sacred round of a sacred place …

I had frequented Fort Mumbai several times, however had skipped visiting the ‘Flora Fountain’ because it is a fountain so what would be unique about it? … I always had this doubt unless until I visited this place located at the square, where five streets meet, which is a walking distance of about 10 minutes from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST).

The Description: Flora Fountain is an exquisitely sculpted heritage monumentFlora, the Roman Goddess of flowers and the season of spring adorns the top of the fountain and the four corners of the fountain are adorned with mythological figures. It was built in 1864 and is a fusion of water, architecture and sculpture.

Its beauty blossoms with the spout of water, I took these pictures of the fountain when the sun marvellously shined above the fountain and its beauty flourished. I revolved around the fountain clicking snapshots of its four sides and it sensed as though I have taken a sacred round of a sacred place.

The revolve:

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First …

 

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Fourth …

 

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Complete

 

The city of Mumbai, a union of seven islands, is situated on the Arabian Sea coast of India and is filled with unfathomable features.