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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[edit]

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[edit]

Chinchpokli's Chintamani Ganapati[edit]

Chinchpoklicha Chintamani, the oldest and most famous Ganapati idol,[citation needed] 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[edit]

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.

Chinchpokli (Dakshin Vibhag) Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal (Girangaon Cha Raja)[edit]

चिंचपोकळी (दक्षिण विभाग) सार्वजनिक गणेशोत्सव मंडळ also known as गिरणगावचा राजा. This mandal was established in 1943. It is located besides the famous Mukta A2 Cinema's formerly known as JaiHind Cinema. Mandals official website is Girangaon Cha Raja

Religious Places[edit]

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.

Important Personalities[edit]

Shaikh Shamim Ahmed (left), With Mrs. Indira Gandhi (former Prime Minister of India) during his Assembly election campaign at Byculla, Bombay on 14 May 1980.
One Constituency (Chinchpokli) & three M.L.A's. B.D.Zute he born village is a jawala [zute] tq.pathari dist.parbhani in Marathwada region[M.S], Shaikh Shamim Ahmed, and Madhu Chauhan on 28th May 1980.
Shaikh Shamim Ahmed M.L.A. addressing a public meeting in his constituency Chinchpokli, Bombay.

From 1980 to 1985 he served as an M.L.A. from Chinchpokli Constituency (25), Mumbai as a Congress (I) candidate.

Coordinates: 18°59′N 72°50′E / 18.983°N 72.833°E / 18.983; 72.833