Morning vibes at Banganga in Mumbai

Feb 24, 2015, 16:39 PM IST
A Grade I heritage site, Banganga is a piece of Varanasi (the centre of the world, as per Hindu legends) right in the middle bustling Mumbai.
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A Grade I heritage site, Banganga is a piece of Varanasi (the centre of the world, as per Hindu legends) right in the middle bustling Mumbai.

Descend a stairway in a narrow, winding alley in Walkeshwar to arrive at an altogether different world.
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Descend a stairway in a narrow, winding alley in Walkeshwar to arrive at an altogether different world.

Morning vibes at Banganga in Mumbai
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Morning vibes at Banganga in Mumbai

Sadhus and ascetics often take a dip here and conduct pujas on important Hindu religious days.
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Sadhus and ascetics often take a dip here and conduct pujas on important Hindu religious days.

Kids bustling with energy dive in the waters of Walkeshwar's Banganga.
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Kids bustling with energy dive in the waters of Walkeshwar's Banganga.

Ducks and geese cleanse themselves in the tank and calmly glide from one end of the tank to the other.
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Ducks and geese cleanse themselves in the tank and calmly glide from one end of the tank to the other.

According to one of the Hindu legends, the Banganga sprang forth around five thousand years ago, during the time of Lord Ram’s search for Sita. Overcome with thirst, Ram asked his brother Laxman to bring him some water. Laxman is said to have instantly shot an arrow into the ground, creating a tributary of the Ganges.
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According to one of the Hindu legends, the Banganga sprang forth around five thousand years ago, during the time of Lord Ram’s search for Sita. Overcome with thirst, Ram asked his brother Laxman to bring him some water. Laxman is said to have instantly shot an arrow into the ground, creating a tributary of the Ganges.

For those who are interested, hunt for some historic imprints like steps bearing ancient inscriptions along the south and west stairs of Banganga.
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For those who are interested, hunt for some historic imprints like steps bearing ancient inscriptions along the south and west stairs of Banganga.

Banganga was revived by Rocky Crasto, in 1989.
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Banganga was revived by Rocky Crasto, in 1989.

Around the Banganga complex are several temples that are hundreds of years old dedicated to Lord Shiva, Ganpati, Durga Devi, Hanuman, Radha Krishna and Shankar Bhagwan.
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Around the Banganga complex are several temples that are hundreds of years old dedicated to Lord Shiva, Ganpati, Durga Devi, Hanuman, Radha Krishna and Shankar Bhagwan.