Saturday, 5 May 2012

Banganga Tank, Walkeshwar.

Banganga Tank, Walkeshwar, Mumbai.

It is hidden behind one of the posh areas in Mumbai,Banganga Tank has holy significance dating back to the 14th century. It is situated in Walkeshwar temple complex on the southernmost tip of Malabar Hill in South Mumbai.

As the legend of the holy book Ramayana goes, overcome with fatigue and thirst, Rama asked his brother Lakshmana to bring him some water. Laxman instantly shot an arrow into the ground, and water gushed forth from the ground, creating a tributary of the Ganges, which flows over a thousand miles away, hence its name, Banganga, the Ganga created on a baan (arrow).

The tank was rebuilt in 1715 AD.

One astonishing fact is that the water of the tank is sweet, considering the fact that it is so near to all the gallons of salt water.

It is a rectangular shaped water tank with a temple crowning it on the western flank built by the Silhara Kings.

It always astonishes me how Mumbai manages to encompass EVERYTHING. You might think such things would happen only in Varanasi, but no! Mumbai has it!

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