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- 1 Origins
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Landmarks
- 5 Temples
- 6 Education
- 7 Transport
- 8 References
The origin of the word 'Dahisar' may be related to the ten Hamlets that made up this neighborhood. "Dahi" stands for "ten" in the language of Agris, Kolis, Warlis and Dublis, the original residents of Dahisar. Gaothan, Kandarpada, Navagaon, Ovaripada, Ghartanpada, Ketkipada, Rawalpada, Dahivali, Bhagalipada, Wadarypada are the ten original Hamlets of Dahisar.
There is a record of continuous habitation since the 1630s, per parish records of the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church.
With the construction of the railway line connecting Dahisar to the city of Mumbai in 1867, came the first lot of migrants, the people from Sindhudurg region of Konkan. These migrants established the first planned residential areas of Dahisar - Maratha Colony in Dahisar West and Mhatre Wadi in the East. There are many Gujarati's lives in Dahisar, they came to Dahisar before the independent of India and before Maharashtra and Gujarat become two different states Eg, Radhe Krishna Apartments, Krishna Kunj, Vishnu Kripa, Bharwad Chawl, according to survey done by Maharashtra Government 50% of population in Dahisar are Gujarati. The Railway authorities wanted to name the Railhead at Dahisar as Mount Poinsur, but the locals opposed this move and forced the authorities to name it as Dahisar.
Medina Manzil, Patel Colony, Zainab Baugh, Sanjeevani, Gol Building and Mankarnika were amongst the first apartment style residential areas of Dahisar. The 1970s saw the setting up of residential areas of Gokul and Shailendra Nagar. The 1980s and 1990s saw a spurt in the development of residential complexes. Anand Nagar was the first of the very large residential complexes to be built in Dahisar Followed by Misquitta Nagar and Avdhooth Nagar.
Dahisar was once a popular spot for film shoots. There were numerous idyllic locations for film shoots like, the Dahisar River and the old bridge that now lies in the ruins, the small hillock with its orchards and the Bhoot Bangla which is now a film studio.
Dahisar is located in North Mumbai and is bound by the scenic hills of National Park on the eastern side and the inlet of Manori creek and saltpans on the western side.
Dahisar was once an idyllic place to live in, with small hillocks, mango orchards, the Dahisar River and numerous lakes and ponds. But as of today, the river is now an extremely polluted stream of sewage, the orchards and hills have been obliterated by slums and lakes have now been filled over for building construction. The dense mangroves surrounding the inlet of Gorai creek however still remain and provide Dahisar with its last remaining stretch of wilderness. There was a time just 30 years back, when the marshy area which is now the link road, was full of gigantic boulders, all of which baring a couple have been demolished. Currently Dahisar has undergone a complete transformation, with better pedestrian sidewalks, wider and smoother roads. Flyovers have been built over the Western Express Highway, with the aim of easing traffic during the peak hours. Metro lines are being constructed on the link road and the Urban to improve transportation in North Mumbai and to reduce traffic, reduce the number of vehicles and prevent pollution.
Dahisar is officially a very small area earlier recognised only because of the 'Check Naka', one of the two toll booths which connect Mumbai to rest of India, It consists of a number of landmarks or 'Addas' as the locals call. The following is the list of Landmarks:
- The Dahisar Subway was the only link connecting Dahisar west to east until 2007.
- The Machi Market: The marāthī translation of 'the fish market' . It is a prominent landmark on the western side of Dahisar. It is also quite close to the subway.
- The Dahisar Bridge: Just overlooking to the subway is the Dahisar bridge. The bridge spans the Dahisar river.
- Dahisar station is the last station in Mumbai (officially). The area around the station is heavily trafficked.
- DSF (Dahisar Sports Foundation): DSF is a Huge area consisting of a Jogging track. It Conducts various Indoor (Carrom, Chess, Table tennis etc.) as well as Outdoor (Cricket, Lawn tennis etc.) activities and coaching.
- NL Complex : The largest residential complex in Dahisar is also called as Indraprashtha Enclave. The complex has huge garden, now renamed as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Udyan, wherein the huge statue of Shivaji is installed. The garden is attraction for sports lovers, morning and evening walkers and also has a gymnasium.A person of Dahisar named Harshal Sapkal expressed that once he was too addicted to this garden because of its poitivie nature garden
- Ashokvan :The second largest Residential Area near to the Western Express Highway.
- Gokul Anand Hotel :Famous Hotel Near to Western Express Highway,Dahisar East
- Johny Maidan : Johny Maidan is one of the oldest playground for kids. But now it is converted to Veer Savarkar Udyan.
- Dahisar Talao :It is one of the most prominent and religious place in Dahisar. During Ganesh Festival all Dahisar Ganesh Mandal come here for Ganesh Idol immersion.
The railway line divides Dahisar into two sections, East and West. The residential area of Mhatre Wadi on the western side and Maratha Colony on the eastern side, were the first planned residential areas of Dahisar. The Bhav Devi Temple atop Dahivali hill, the old Vithal Mandir near the river, the Gaon Devi temple near the rail underpass and Bhatla Devi Temple near the S.V. Road and the bungalow of then zamindar or Khot of Dahisar, Haji Kasam, known as "Bhoot Bangla", which now houses the Trimurti studio are the original landmarks of Dahisar.
Some other landmarks in Dahisar include Dahisar Fish Market, Dahisar Govthan, Siddhi Vinayak Mandir, Dahisar Bridge in Dahisar (West), Vitthal Rakhumai Temple, Havelli (Shreenathji Temple), Moviegem Cinema (earlier termed as Rajashree cinema), Toll Naka in Dahisar (East), Gokulanand Hotel in Ashok Van. Bhakti Complex at Link Road, Dahisar (West) is a famous meeting and hangout place, with establishments like Cafe Coffee Day, Subway and McDonald's. A large stretch of land belonging to the Airports Authority of India in Dahisar (East) lies close to the nearby residential area of NL Complex and Ketkipada.
There are many temples in Dahisar. The main temples are Bhatladevi, Bhav Devi Mandir, Gaon Devi Mandir, Vithal Mandir, Shri Siddhi Vinayak mandir, Sri Datta Mandir, Sri Krishna Mandir, Khodiyar Mandir, Radhakrishan Mandir, Vital-Rukhmai Mandir, Shiv Mandir, Hanuman Mandir, Khatu Shyamji Mandir, Mahakali Mandir, Sai baba mandir, Jai Bhavani Mandir, Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Pipleshwar Mahadev Mandir.
Bhatala Devi Mandir
Bhatala Devi Mandir is one of the oldest temples in Dahisar, and been there since Pandavas i.e. since Mahabharat Yuga, earlier used to be small temple located at Bharucha Road. But now it is a very famous and well-known temple. Bhatala Mandir is the temple of Goddess "Bhatala Mata". The Bhatala Mandir Trust celebrates the Navaratri, Ganesh Utsav, Shiv Ratri, Hanuman Jayanti, Shiv Ratri and all other Hindu religious festivals. A few years back it was renovated and beautified by the Temple's Trust.
Vitthal Mandir is one of the oldest temples in Dahisar, located near Dahisar bridge. It has various Idols installed in the temple. The temple celebrates Ganesh Utsav in a Grand Manner, where huge award-winning sets are erected every year with beautiful decorations. Sarvajanik Ganeshostav is the one of the oldest in suburbs which is celebrated every year in Vitthal Mandir. One more festival celebrated is Navratri Utsav celebrated in Vitthal Mandir
Govardhan Nathji ki Haveli (Shrinathji Temple)
This temple of the Pushtimarg Vaishnav community was established in 1995 when Acharya Shri Vrajadhishji Goswami relocated to Dahisar from Motamandir, in old Mumbai. The temple is more commonly known as a Haveli. The haveli is a popular community center among the local vaishnavs. The Haveli houses several Swaroops (statues) of Shri Krishna with Shri GovardhanNathji (Shrinathji) being the main. All of the Swaroops are representations of Shri Krishna performing his various leelas (stories) during his lifetime, especially in Braj (Gokul, Vrindavan, Mathura and the surrounding areas). The word Govardhan Nath means The God of 'Govardhan' the mountain in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh in Northern India. Weekly classes and workshops are also conducted in various subjects relevant to the Pushtimarg philosophy at the Haveli.
Shri Siddhi Vinayak mandir
Siddhi Vinayak Mandir is located on the banks of the Dahisar river since 1997 near Dahisar bridge. Every Tuesday, Sankashti Chaturthi and Angaraki huge crowd gatheres here.
Sri Vittal Rakhumai Mandir
This Temple is located in an area between Sudhindra Nagar and Shakti Nagar,near N.L. Complex. It belongs to the GSB community of Sri Kashi Math Samsthan. Idols of Lord Vittal and Rakhumai are installed in this temple. The place is also rented out for Social Events.
This temple is located in Ashokvan area. The temple is dedicated to Hanuman, who was a devotee of Lord Rama. It lies on the intersection of 3 main roads connecting Rawalpada, Ashokvan and Shantivan area.
The Shiva Temple is located in Anand Nagar nearby NL complex, which is also known as the Mudhraneshwar Mahadev Mandir/Temple. There is a new Garden in NL Complex for kids and senior citizens to jog around. There is newly erected statue of Shivaji. A new Flyover Bridge has been constructed close to the temple which connects Dahisar West (Link Road) to the National Highway No. 8 near Checknaka.
Sri Bhavdevi Mandir
This temple of Bhavdevi Mata is located in area of Kandarpada, 1.1 km from Dahisar Station on a small hill from where you can see 180 degree view of kandarpada. Navratri festival is an attraction the temple. One More attraction about this place is that every year during Akshay Trithi there is grand Celebration where a Jatra is scheduled which follows Old traditions involving a Mirvanuk of Devi's Palkhi in Kandarpada Area.
pipleshwar mahadev temple
its situated near movie time theatre near rajeshshree talkies its lord shivas temple along with other several gods main attraction- maha shivratri, Chaitra navratri, krishna Janmashtami, Ganesh mahaotsav.
Schools in Dahisar include: *Lexicon Global School Dashisar (E)
- Vidya Mandir High School, Dahisar (E)
- Mary Immaculate Girls' High School
- St Marys High School, CHS Link Road and Rajeshahaji Road, Dahisar (E)
- Shailendra Education Society, Dahisar (E)
- Vidya Bhushan High School, Dahisar (E)
- Dahisar Municipal School Dahisar (E)
- Rustomjee International School, Rustomjee Acres, Dahisar (W)
- Rustomjee Cambridge International School, Rustomjee Acres, Dahisar (W)
- Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Vidyalaya Junior College, Dahisar (E)
- Matruchhaya High School, Dahisar (E)
- St Thomas High School, Dahisar (E)
- Poorna Prajna High School, Dahisar (E)
- Swami Vivekanand Education Center, Dahisar (E)
- St Louis School, Dahisar (W)
- Holy Family High School, Dahisar(E)
- JBCN International School
- L.S. Vidyalaya, Dahisar (E)
- Universal High, Dahisar (E)
- Thakur Ramnarayn College Of Arts & Commerce , S.V Road, Dahisar (E)
- Thakur Ramnarayan College Of Law , S.V Road, Dahisar (E)
- rustomjee Cambridge igcse school,Dahisar (w)
Dahisar is well connected by the Western Urban Road. The neighborhood has two BEST bus stations, Dahisar Bus Station in Dahisar East Area near Dahisar Checknaka and Dahisar Bridge Bus Station in Dahisar (West). The Western Express Highway too is easily accessible from all parts of Dahisar
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