The Heritage Life, Mumbai, Festivals, Hinduism

#TheHeritageLife: Vat Purnima

July 06,2021

Vat Purnima is one of the holy traditions followed by married women especially in Maharashtra, where we offer prayers to a Banyan Tree (Vat/Vad in marathi) for the long life of our husbands. 

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#TheHeritageLife: Tulsi Vivah

June 27,2021

"We as a family have always been celebrating Tulsi Vivah. Being a Sindhi, we observe Badi Ekadashi as it is said that Lord Vishnu awakens from his four month sleep. It is believed that doors of  Vaikunth - the abode of the Lord - are thrown open to all on that day. Some groups even do bhajans at crematoriums in the evening.

While some fast, many relish the Satvik food consisting of Dodoh (Rajgiri Flat Bread) along with curry made of potato and lotus stem without spices. We also make fritters made of sabudana, rajgiri, sama rice and potatoes and end our day with sweet potatoes. 

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Mumbai. Royal Marriage, England, Portugal

ThisDayThatYear: A Political And Military Alliance

June 23,2021

In the mid-17th century, Portugal was at war with Spain and needed military support. And so a wedding was brokered between Catholic Portugal and Protestant England. On this day, 360 years ago, the terms of the marriage between Princess Catherine de Braganza and

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#DidYouKnow?: Yeh Akashwani Hai

June 08,2021

Radio came to India 13 years before All India Radio was formed! The first-ever Indian radio broadcast was by the Bombay Presidency Radio Club in June 1923. In 1927, the Indian Broadcasting Company began operations with two radio stations, but it went into liquidation

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#DidYouKnow?: A Day Dedicated To NRIs

January 09,2021

The day of Mahatma Gandhi's return from South Africa is observed as Pravasi Bharatiya Divas or NRI Day! And that among the earliest NRIs to UK were ayahs! They would be

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ThisDayThatYear: A Grand Welcome For The Mahatma

January 09,2021

Thanks to his satyagrahas in South Africa, Mahatma Gandhi had become a familiar name in India, even though he had been away for most of his adult life. This day, 106 years ago, hundreds of people gathered at Apollo Bunder (the Gateway of India was under

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Mumbai, Riots, Babri Masjid, Radhabai Chawl

ThisDayThatYear: A Traumatic Period For Mumbai

January 08,2021

Barely a month after riots broke out in the city post the Babri Masjid demolition, riots erupted afresh, this day, 27 years ago, when six members of a family were burnt alive at Jogeshwari's Radhabai Chawl. The city continued to burn till 12th January, before an

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ThisDayThatYear: Steam Gives Way To Electric

January 05,2021

This day, 92 years ago, Western Railway (then Bombay, Baroda & Central India Railway) got electrified, and the first electric local train ran between Colaba (yes, there was a station called Colaba then) and Andheri. The first railway line in Mumbai to get electrified, however,

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Mumbai, Festival, Sikhism

Heritage Life: Guru Nanak Jayanti

December 01,2020

"Guru Nanak Jayanti is the most revered festival for Sikhs. We celebrate Guru Nanak Jayanti by visiting the Gurudwara and lighting candles both at home and at the gurudwara - it is a holy day and lots of prayers are recited.

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The Heritage Life, Mumbai, Festivals, Hinduism

#TheHeritageLife: Karthigai Deepam

November 30,2020

"Karthigai deepam is a festival of lights very similar to Diwali. This festival is celebrated on the full moon day of the Karthigai month and is dedicated to Lord Shiva and his son Lord Karthikeya. He is also known as Lord Shanmugam or Arumugam as he had six faces with each face having a different meaning. 

Similar to Raksha Bandhan this day too celebrates the relationship between brothers and sisters. 

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The Heritage Life, Mumbai, Festivals, Hinduism

#TheHeritageLife: Diwali

November 16,2020

Diwali has always been a homely affair for my family, my grandmother being the most enthusiastic of all. She ensured that all of us got up early and had a bath with Utna (a herbal scrub) and oil on the day of Narak Chaturdashi. On this day, we also smash a Karit (a bitter fruit) with our feet. This symbolises the victory of Lord Krishna over Narakasura

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#SecretMumbai: Water In Memory Of A Daughter

August 29,2019

Once upon a time, the city of Mumbai was littered with pyaavs or public drinking water fountains. These ranged from the simple to the ornate and were built by wealthy merchants as an act of charity. Right opposite the General Post Office at the beginning of Mint Road stands one of the ornate kind, complete with minarets, bas-reliefs and stone brackets, in the Indo-Saracenic style. Built by

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#SecretMumbai: The Prosperous Family That Preferred Wisdom Over Riches

August 22,2019

In the 17th century, the Kapol Baniya community migrated from Diu to Mumbai to trade with the East India Company. In their native land, this community had trade ties with the Portuguese. Sir Mangaldas Nathubhoy, a philanthropist and mill owner, was among the most prominent Kapol businessmen of 19th century Mumbai. Many iconic buildings, such as

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#SecretMumbai: How The Plague Sparked Life Into Mumbai's Auto Industry

August 08,2019

After the plague of 1896, Mumbai had to be re-engineered in order to improve its ventilation. To this end, new roads were built to let the sea breeze from the west flow to the east, as well as to connect new developments in the north to the city in the south. It was during this time that Sandhurst Road and Hughes Road were built.

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#SecretMumbai: The Office Buildings Of The Tatas

July 25,2019

It may seem today like the Tatas have been based I out of Bombay House forever, but it's actually been only 95 years. Bombay House was built only in 1924 while the Tata group was formed way back in 1868. And, just like Bombay House, the group's earlier office buildings still stand to this day. From 1904 to 1924, the Tata's headquarters was at Navsari Buildings and

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#SecretMumbai: Mumbai's Chime From Persia's Prime

June 27,2019

In 1881, two French travellers published detailed images of the ruins of Persepolis, the ancient ceremonial capital of the Persian empire. The images made their way to India and the parsis of Mumbai began adopting the sculptural details as symbols of Zoroastrianism. "Lamassus" (winged bulls) and "faravahars" (winged discs) were added to the designs of fire temples as well as buildings made by parsis.

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#SecretMumbai: Mumbai's BEST Days

May 09,2019

Trams were introduced to Mumbai 145 years ago when the Bombay Tramway Co. began horse-drawn services in the city. The stables and stores were located on a plot on Colaba Causeway. Its office building - today's Electric House - was constructed on the plot in 1883. In 1905, the company’s operations were taken over by

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#SecretMumbai: How An Attack Was Ditched

August 29,2018

When Bombay (now Mumbai) was a fledgling trading post of the East India Company in 1715 CE, Governor Charles Boone took a call to protect this town against potential threats by local and European powers with a fortification. This project was partly funded by the wealthy traders in the town who realized peace and stability was key to their prosperity. During the ‘Kille Vasai Mohim’ or Conquest of Vasai (1737-39),

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