Chinchpokli (Marathi: चिंचपोकळी) is a neighbourhood in South Mumbai. It is also the name of a railway station on the Central line of the Mumbai suburban railway. Older British era spellings: Chinchpugli and Chinchpooghly. the name is derived from two different words; chinch means tamarind and pokali (pofali) means betel nut. Probably there must be many trees of tamarind and betel nut in the area and hence it is so named.
Schools and hospitals
Chinchpokli has a school established some 90 years ago named after Velji Lakhamshi Napoo High School. Today the school has some 3000 to 5000 students taught in both English and Gujarati. Apart from this Mammabai High school and a Municipal School.
It also has Kasturba Gandhi Municipal Hospital which is run by the Brihan Mumbai Municipal corporation. It is reputed for the treatment of contagious diseases.
Chinchpokli's Sarvajanik Ganapati
Chinchpokli's Chintamani Ganapati
Chinchpoklicha Chintamani, the oldest and most famous Ganapati idol, sits very near to the Chinchpokli station during Ganesh festival. This Ganesha is one of the biggest crowd pullers in Mumbai and is known as Chinchpoklicha Chintamani or Chinchpokli Cha Chintamani.
Mambai High school is also old in chinchpokli it has balashram where poor children are studying in that hostel.
Rangari Badak Chawl Ganapati
In 1938 Rangari Badak Chawl was established by Rashtriya Mitra Mandal to celebrate Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav. The Mandal’s very first Idol was placed in its office. The entrance gate of India United Mill No.4 passed through Rangari Badak Chawl and it was the main way for transporting the raw materials in and out of the mill which was an obstacle for the mandal. Later in 1940,the Mill agreed to permanently close this entrance and it was decided to place the ganesh idol in the premises of Hanuman Mandir.
Giran Gao Cha Raja (Chinchpokli's Dakshin Vibhag Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal)
Chinchpokli hosts various Hindu Temples, Jain Temples, Jain Sthanaks, Mosques etc.
The Famous Babdev Mandir, situated at the Vinayak Vasudev Chawl, is more than 100 years old Temple.
In the Hindu Saibaba temple in kalyandas wadi, Hanuman temple below railway bridge ans Datt Mandir at Bawala Compound, Santoshi Mata Temple at Chichpokali West are famous.
The Jain Dharma Sthanak, situated in the D L Jain Chawl, is one of the oldest structures in the area. It has one of the largest prayer halls in Jain Sthanaks of mumbai.It is more than 100 years old.
There is a Jewish cemetery by the side of the railway tracks on the western side of the railway station.
- Shaikh Shamim Ahmed (Politician and ex-MLA of Chinchpokli)
From 1980 to 1985 he served as an M.L.A. from Chinchpokli Constituency (25), Mumbai as a Congress (I) candidate.