Borivali

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For the village in Pune district, see Borivali (village).
Borivali
बोरिवली
Borivli
suburb
View of Borivali skyline from Sanjay Gandhi National Park
View of Borivali skyline from Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Borivali is located in Mumbai
Borivali
Borivali
Location of Borivali in Mumbai
Coordinates: 19°14′N 72°52′E / 19.23°N 72.86°E / 19.23; 72.86Coordinates: 19°14′N 72°52′E / 19.23°N 72.86°E / 19.23; 72.86
Country India
State Maharashtra
District Mumbai
Metro Mumbai
Population (1991)
 • Total 600,000[citation needed]
Languages
 • Official Marathi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Vehicle registration MH-02
MH-47
Lok Sabha constituency Mumbai North
Vidhan Sabha constituency Borivali[1]
Magathane[2]
Reliefs at Borivali, 1897.
Reliefs at Borivali, 1897.

Borivali or Borivli is a suburban area located in the north-west section of Mumbai island of Maharashtra, India. Borivali is approximately 18 kilometres (11 mi) from Mumbai Airport. The estimated population of Borivali in 2010 was over a million[citation needed] inhabitants.

History[edit]

The town of Borivali was developed of what once used to be a congregate region of smaller towns like any other modern day suburb or town or city is developed from smaller clusters namely; Eksar, Poisar, Kandivali, Shimpoli, Mandpeshwar, Kanheri, Tulsi, Magathane and others, which were situated on and around Mount Poinsur, between the Dahisar River and Poisar River.

It is believed that the name "Borivali" comes from existence of a lot of bushes of a sweet fruit called "Borr" meaning Berries in English. Hence, named the town of berries literally 'bori-vali'. The existence of the ancient temple of Lord Ganesha "Shree Svayambhu Ganpati devalaya" in vazira naka area, meaning the 'self manifested ' or the 'one that is created from its own accord' in Hinduism and Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church, at Mt. Poinsur, Christian church are the true examples of the mix of ethnicity and vibrant cultural mix of the population living here since ages!

The pre-historic era 's "Mandpeshwar" and "Kanheri caves" stand a testament to the rich history of this place. Borivali was spelt 'Berewlee' by the then ruled India under the British Raj Era. It is also spelled and pronounced as "Borivli'. The town of borivali is lush green still even after being populated densely due to the presence of "The Sanjay Gandhi National Park" (SNGP), previously known as the "BORIVALI NATIONAL PARK" in east and the lush mangroves in the west end of Borivali in the area of I.C colony and LIC colony stretch respectively, thus making it a nature lovers paradise!

Borivali was once inhabited by various ethnic groups who had huge parcels of lands and cultivated fruit orchards and were called "wadis" simply meaning orchard in local dialect. Borivali always has been cosmopolitan. Almost all the land here was rich and fertile, suitable for agriculture and cultivation of fruits; especially mangoes (Aam), sapota (Chickoos), coconut trees (Nariyal) are abundant here. No wonder so much of Borivali is still lush green and has hordes of mango trees; other than this it was also a fishing haven due to its proximity to the local "Gorai" beach. Gorai beaches is one of the hidden gems of Mumbai city, less populated and still cleaner than most of its counterparts. The town of Borivali boasts a shopping mall, one of the earliest in Mumbai, called "Indraprastha" and the amusement park "Essel-world" since the early 1990s. Another attraction in Borivali is the "Golden Pagoda", which is a meditation hub located in the Gorai Village area. Due to trade and urbanization, the town of Borivali has emerged as one of the major suburbs after Bandra, Andheri, due to its rail, road network and airport connectivity and development of schools, colleges, offices and industries during the last 40 years.

Landmarks[edit]

Borivali lies at the northern tip of Western Mumbai. Its one of the major suburbs of Mumbai. Social amenities include hospitals, schools, colleges, cafes, restaurants, parks and shopping malls. Borivali is famed as the "Suburb of gardens" — It is a lovely green suburb with gardens at almost every block. Borivali is the only Suburb in Mumbai which has a forest on the east (Sanjay Gandhi National Park) & mangrove forests in Gorai, in the west. It also has two rivers which pass through it; the Dahisar river and Poinsur river.

The Sanjay Gandhi National Park lies in the eastern half of Borivali near the Western Express Highway (NH 8). It has a few leopards and a 4th-century BCE archaeological site called Kanheri Caves.

It has three huge statues of Jain tirthankar Lord Adinath and his two sons Bharat and Bahubali. Borivali is home to the Mandapeshwar Caves which are in its west. There was a tunnel to Vasai Fort passing through Borivali; it is said to be touching these caves. The entry to the tunnels from the caves no more exists. These caves have a rich history and are proved to be built by the same people as the Kanheri Caves.

One of the many gardens that Borivali boasts of is the Veer Savarkar Udayan on Lokmanya Tilak Road. It has four entrances from T.P.S. road, Factory lane, and Babhai is an ideal place for all which have facilities like jogging track, boating area, kids play garden, skating etc., Gorai Udyan is at Gorai Sector-1.

Borivali has a garden named Jhashi chi Rani on Link road adjacent to the famous Eskay Resort. Borivali is a melting pot of different ages as the large number of gardens in the western part of this suburb makes this an ideal residential option for kids, senior citizens, the middle aged, and college goers.

One of the finest 'Navratri' Indian festival devoted and celebrated for Durga (Hindu Goddess)is held at Kora Kendra Ground, which is the major attraction and well known celebration done in this suburb. Festivals are celebrated with equal enthusiasm and joy be it Hindu, Muslim or Christian as all faiths have blended very beautifully here in this lovely suburb.

At the eastern side of Borivali on NH8 the Temple of Sai-Dham with many Hindu deities under one roof is worshiped. And Vazira Naka situated in west is very well known for Siddhivinayak Temple of Lord Ganesh(Swayambhu).

Borivali is home to several gaothans (village like localities) such as Vazira, Babhai, Eksar, Chikuwadi, Shimpoli, Poisur and others which are still there with their old charm but slowly giving way to the concrete jungle.

Transport[edit]

Road Ways: Autorickshaws, Taxis, BEST Buses and Trains are the public modes of transport available in and to Borivali. A monorail line and a metro is also to come up in the near future.

Many outstation buses going to places all over Maharashtra also start from the Sanjay Gandhi National Park area.

The Domestic Airport is 18 km and& International Airport is 14 km from Borivali.

Borivali is also well connected to Thane, Vashi, Dadar, Sion and other places by BEST and NMMT buses.

  • BEST 202 goes from Gorai Depot to Mahim Stn (W) Via Borivali Rly Stn (W).
  • BEST 226 goes from Charkop Bus Stn to Barve Nagar, Ghatkopar Via Borivali Rly Stn (W).
  • BEST 277 goes from Borivali Rly Stn (E) to Charkop Kandivali (W).
  • BEST 293 goes from Borivali Rly Stn (E) to Jagardev Compound Kajupada.
  • BEST 298 goes from Borivali Rly Stn (E) to Rawal Pada, Dahisar (E).
  • BEST 301 goes from Borivali Rly Stn (E) to Hanuman Tekdi Via Nancy Colony.
  • BEST 309 goes from Gorai Depot to Kurla Rly Stn (W) Via Borivali Rly Stn (W).
  • BEST 348 Ltd goes from Borivali Rly Stn (E) to Chunabhatti via Rani Laxmibai Chowk (Sion).
  • BEST 440 Ltd goes from Borivali Rly Stn (E) to Wadala Depot.
  • BEST 461 goes from Charkop Bus Stn to Mulund Check Naka Via Borivali Rly Stn (W).
  • BEST AS 461 goes from Charkop Bus Stn to Mulund Check Naka Via Borivali Rly Stn (W).
  • BEST 524 Ltd goes from Borivali Rly Stn (E) to APMC Market Sector 19, Vashi.
  • BEST AS 524 goes from Borivali Rly Stn (E) to APMC Market Sector 19, Vashi.
  • BEST 698 goes from Borivali Rly Stn (E) to NG Park, Rawal Pada, Dahisar (E).
  • BEST 700 Ltd goes from Borivali Rly Stn (E) To Thane Rly Stn (E) Via Ghodbunder Road.
  • BEST AS 700 goes from Borivali Rly Stn (E) To Thane Rly Stn (E) Via Ghodbunder Road.
  • BEST C-60 EXP goes from Borivali Rly Stn (E) to Deonar Depot.
  • NMMT AC 131 goes from Airoli Bus Stn to Borivali Rly Stn (E) Via Thane Rly Stn (E), Ghodbunder Road.
  • NMMT AC 123 goes from Kharghar Jalvayu Vihar To Borivali Rly Stn (E) Via Bhandup
  • NMMT AC 125 goes from Kharghar Jalvayu Vihar To Borivali Rly Stn (E) Via Eastern Express Highway
  • TMT AC 65 goes from Thane Rly Stn (E) to Borivali Rly Stn (E) Via Ghodbunder Road.

Railway station[edit]

Borivali railway station

Borivali railway station is a railway station on the Western line of the Mumbai Suburban Railway network. The Borivali Railway Station is a terminus for all slow, semi-fast and fast trains on the Mumbai Suburban Railway system. It also serves as the final city-limit stop for all mail and express trains on Western Railway before leaving Mumbai. As of 2006, there were plans to extend the Harbour Line to Borivali, and expansion plans are in full steam at the railway station.

Borivali Station Layout
Borivali Station Layout

Notable people[edit]

Attractions[edit]

Prabodhankar Thackrey Auditorium - Where a variety of Dramas, Plays are Scheduled (In Marathi, Konkani, Gujarati, Hindi & also in some south Indian languages).

Gorai Creek is on the western coast of Borivali. This place is famous as a crossover point for the popular Essel World (Amusement Park): There are 34 major rides not to include the coin-operated games and a mini club. There are over 30,000 specimens in their botanical gardens and 79 rides and slides & Essel World attracts almost 1.8 million visitors each year, 300,000 of which are students.

Gorai Beach is on the western end of Borivali. One can reach here by crossing the Gorai Creek in a ferry; this takes 15 minutes. Rickshaw is available on the other side of the ferry, and they charge around Rs. 100 to 160. On holidays the beach is full of visitors and localities. Plenty of accommodation options are also available at Gorai beach.[4]

Water Kingdom: Asia's largest water amusement park. The Global Pagoda (Vippasana).

Along with these are many theatres and Veer Sawarkar Udyan (garden) that the population enjoy. Mandapeshwar Civic Federation club near Govindnagar and Eskay Resorts near Link Road are also worth a mention.

Education[edit]

Schools[edit]

  • VIBGYOR HIGH School
  • Our Lady of Vailankanni High School
  • Suvidya Prasarak Sangh's, Shree Mumbadevi Vidya Niketan English Medium School Gorai Sector 1, Borivali (West)
  • Sheth G.H High School
  • Universal Beginning school
  • St. Xavier's High School, Ratan Nagar, Borivali (E)
  • Abhinav Vidya Mandir, Abhinav Nagar, Borivali (E)
  • Saint Francis D'Assisi High School, Mount Poinsur, Borivali (West)(founded in 1908)
  • St. Francis ICSE, Mount Poinsur, Borivali(West)
  • JBCN International School
  • St. Don Bosco High School Borivali (W)
  • Sailee International School
  • Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir Borivili (E) CBSE
  • St. Anne's High School
  • Vijay Nagar High School
  • Seth M. K. High School
  • Bima Nagar Education society High School (BNES)
  • St. John's High School (Siddharth Nagar)
  • St. John's High School (Tata Power House)
  • Our Lady of Remedy High School
  • Acharya Narendra Deo Vidya Mandir
  • Srimati Damyanti Devi Tilakdhari Jha Prathmik Vidyalaya
  • MKVV International Vidyalaya
  • Suvidya Prasarak Sanghache Shree Mangubhai Dattani Vidyalaya (Tata Power House)
  • Suvidya Prasarak Sanghache Suvidyalaya, Vazira
  • Ajmera Global School
  • Namdar Gopal Krishna Gokhale High School
  • Suvidya Prasarak Sanghache Manohar Hariram Chogle Vidyalaya, Gorai SEC - 1
  • St. Lawrence High School, Eskar Rd, Borivali W
  • Rustomjee International School
  • R.C. Patel High School
  • BES International Vidlaya
  • Swami Vivekananda International School
  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Vidyalaya
  • Sheth Gopalji Hemraj High School
  • J B Khot High School
  • Sheth D.M. High School
  • Dr. S. Radhakrishnan Vidyalaya High School
  • Chogale High School
  • Bimanagar Education Society
  • Sharad Pawar International School
  • Vidya Vikas Sabha High School
  • Mary Immaculate Girls School
  • Borivali Madhyamik Municipal School
  • Dr. Pillai Global Academy, Gorai.
  • Ekser Municipal Primary School
  • Nalanda Academy school, Gorai 2.

Colleges[edit]

  • Chogale Jr College of Science and Commerce
  • Borivali PACE Junior Science College of Science
  • M.J. Junior College of Science
  • Holy Angels College Of Alternative Medicines
  • St. Francis Institute of Management & Research
  • St. Francis Jr. College
  • Bima Nagar Education Society Jr. College Of Commerce
  • St. Francis Institute of Interior Design
  • Anandibai Kale College
  • Gokhale College Of Commerce and Economics
  • St. Francis ITI
  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Polytechnic
  • St. Rock's College Of Commerce & Science
  • St. Francis Institute of Technology
  • MPV Valia College Of Commerce
  • Shri Bhausaheb Vartak College Of Arts Commerce & Science
  • Nalanda College
  • Pragati Vidyalaya & Junior College
  • Sanstha College Of Arts & Commerce
  • R R International College
  • Sheth Gopalji Hemraj High School & Junior College
  • Yojana School & College
  • LN College
  • Aditya Institute of Management

References[edit]

  1. ^ Covers western part of the suburb
  2. ^ Covers eastern part of the suburb
  3. ^ "Rohit makes a mark with T20". NDTV. 25 September 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  4. ^ "Gorai Beach". Retrieved 26 March 2012.