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Ville Parle or now Vile Parle (IPA: [ˈʋile ˈpaɾle]), also known as "Parla", is a suburb of Mumbai. Vile Parle is also the name of the railway station in this suburb. Vile Parle has a significantly strong base of Marathi and Gujarati population. The name "Vile Parle" has been derived from the names of two small but old temples: Virleshwar and Parleshwar. It serves as the location of the first Parle Biscuit factory.
There were two hamlets Irla and Parle which are roughly bifurcated by the current western suburban metro rail line. When the British developed Bombay (Mumbai now) and the suburban overland metro railway lines were laid, the Ville Parle and the station was established.
Vile Parle is divided into two parts: Vile Parle (East) and Vile Parle (West) separated by the western railway line. The east-west boundaries of Vile Parle are from Juhu (West) to Sahar, Santacruz (East). The north-south boundaries are Irla (North) and Santacruz (South). Vile Parle is also connected to JVPD scheme (Juhu Vile Parle Development scheme). Note the Official name as also reflected on the Government Railway Station is Ville Parle.
While originally Vile Parle consisted mostly of Marathi middle-class commuter families, over time the demography of this suburb has changed more toward upper-middle class Gujarati business families. Additionally, it has now become a major education center with the establishment and growth of a huge educational complex financed by the Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal. Thus, at all hours of the day you see a constant flow of students into and out of Vile Parle.
One of the leading Indian confectionery and biscuit manufacturers, Parle Products (now split into Parle Products, Parle Agro and Bisleri) was started in Vile Parle. There is still a factory in Vile Parle East and it is commonly known as Parle Biscuit Factory. Vile Parle also houses the Garware plastics factory. Many prominent IT companies including the headquarters of I-Flex, whose owner is Deepak Ghaisas, as well as other companies are situated in Vile Parle.
One of the best hospital in Mumbai, Dr. Balabhai Nanavati Hospital is in Vile Parle which was inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru in November 1950 and opened in May 1951
Cultural activities and food joints
Vile Parle is a hub of cultural activities throughout the year. Dinanath Mangeshkar Sabhagrugha, one of the oldest and prestigious auditoriums in Mumbai, showcases Marathi theater and music programs. Institutions like Lokmanya Seva Sangh, Nadkari Sabhagruha and Parle Tilak Vidyalaya have been assisting programs since 1923. Activities include Majestic Gappa (a forum where prominent personalities from all fields are open-interviewed), Bal-Jallosh (cultural activities for children), matrimonials, counselling for parents and students and many more.Parle Mahotsav is a HUGE event that happens in Vile Parle at end of every year. Parle Mahotsav started in year 1999 by Vile Parle Cultural Center (VPCC). 8 competitions were held at that time, 75 prizes distributed and 2750 participants participated in it. Since then its getting larger year on year. 11th Parle Mahotsav was the biggest so far with 32 competitions were held this time, 750 prizes were distributed & a whopping 25,000 participants participated in it.For participant any competition.This year(2011) Parle Mohotav is completing its 12th year.
Kala Gurjari is a cultural organization, promoting various forms of arts. They organize various cultural programmes at their office (next to Khasiyat Restaurant, D.J. Road, Vile Parle (W)), or Juhu Jagruti Hall at the Mithibai Commerce College, or in the Bhartiya Vidyabhavan, Andheri's campus
Hanuman Road in Vile Parle (East) serves as one of the main roads for the suburbs connecting different roads going towards the airport and also the West.
Vile Parle is also well known for its food joints. Starting with Lucky Sandwich corner to the Sai Samarth dosa centre next to him in vile parle West. Also one can never forget the taste of Maruti pav bhaji which one can get at the other end of Bajaj Road. Vile Parle (East) has few interesting food joints,where authentic "Marathi" delicacies like Vada Pav, Misal, Sabudana Vada, Sabudana Khichadi, Potato Poha and Vada Pav are served. "Me Marathi" is one such restaurant famous with the locals for its Maharashtrian styled food. Also present is a small eatery called "Chan Chavdar" near Sathaye college. It is particularly famous amongst collage students and actors. Babu vada pav (wada pav) is one of the oldest joints and it's not exaggeration to say that has been enjoyed by every current and past residents of vile parle. Anand wada pav has also been awarded the best wada pav centre in the city. Also Parleshwar Wada Pav available in Vile Parle East is famous for its delicious taste. Famous shops include Phadke Udyog Mandir, Sathaye Stores, Parle Laundry which are some of the oldest in Vile Parle.
One of the best college festival named Kshitij also takes place in Vile Parle. A festival of Mithibai College.
The spiritual headquarters of Sanyas Ashram was first established 375 years ago at Suratgiri Bangla, Kanakhal, Haridwar, Uttrakhand, India along the vedic lines of the holy Dashnami Tradition as propagated by Jagadguru Shri Aadi Shankaracharya. The ninth Patron of the holy lineage of this tradition His Holines Brahmlin Shri 1008 Mahamandleshwar Swami Maheshwaranand Giri Ji Maharaj first came to Mumbai in mid-1940s and laid the foundation of Sanyas Ashram on 20 January 1945 in the suburb of Vile Parle (West) for propagation os Sanatan Dharma or universal virtues amongst mankind. The fleding Ashram became a full fledged temple complex in 1952 when the Prana Pratistha of various lifelike and life-size deities was performed.
Shri Swami Ji Maharaj became Brahmlin on 1 May 1970 on the holy banks of Ganga, Haridwar and His Holiness Brahmlin Shri 1008 Mahamandleshwar Swami Brahmanand Giri Ji Maharaj was installed the tenth Patron of the lineage. In the two decades of 1970s and 1980s oversaw the temple complex prosper and grow into a mammoth center of spiritual, cultural, religious, and educational activity and development.
In the mid-1990s, Shri Swami Ji Maharaj retired at Suratgiri Bangla, Haridwar and handed over the charge of Sanyas Ashram to Shri Swami Vishveshwaranand Giri Ji Maharaj, who became the eleventh Mahamandleshwar in the boly lineage of Gurus and also the current President.
Sanyas Ashram continues to grow into a nationwide institution now under the competent vision of His Holiness Shri 1008 Mahamandleshwar Swami Vishveshwaranand Giri Ji Maharaj and has many branches under its administration.
Website : http://www.sanyasashram.org/
Vile Parle is also known for its numerous educational institutes including:
- Gokalibai Poonamchand Pitambar High School, Dadabhai Navaroji Road, Vile Parle
- Shree Chandulal Nanavati Vinay Mandir
- St. Xavier's High School, Vile Parle (W) now known as St. Xaviers High School & Jr. College.
- St. Joseph's Convent High School
- Madhavrao Bhagwat High School
- Vile Parle Mahila Sangh
- Parle Tilak Vidyalaya
- Airport High School & Junior college of Science & Commerce
- Mithibai College
- Narsee Monjee College of Commerce & Economics
- Dwarkadas J. Sanghvi College of Engineering
- Narsee Monjee Institute of Management and Higher Studies
- Chatrabhuj Narsee Memorial School
- Sathaye College
- M L Dahanukar College
- Lions Juhu High School
- Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management and Engineering
- Shri Kashi Vishveshwar Adhyatmik Sanskrit Mahavidhyalaya
- G.B.E.S. High School
- B.L. Ruia M. High School
- M.P.Shah English high school
- Smt Hiraben Manilal Nanavati English High School, Vile Parle East
- Utpal Shanghvi School
- Malini Kishore Sanghvi College of Commerce and Economics (Popularly known as Ritambhara College)
- Prarthana Samaj School
Postal codes for Vile Parle are 400057 for east and 400056 for west. There is a huge slum area called Nehru Nagar in JVPD Scheme. There is a famous temple Sanyas Ashram in Vile Parle West where many famous movies have been filmed. Also in Vile Parle (East) there is a Huge residencial colony named "New Airport Colony" which is for the employee of NAA & Metrological Department, the Colony is Divide in A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H & O lines. out of this "F" line is located few meters away from main colony. There is also a community center kids and adults.
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