Located just inside the city limits,
Dahisar is the northernmost
neighborhood (and railway station) of Mumbai.
Dahisar is the first
Locality of Mumbai.
5.1 Bhatala Devi Mandir
5.2 Vitthal Mandir
5.3 Govardhan Nathji ki Haveli (
5.4 Shri Siddhi Vinayak mandir
5.5 Sri Vittal Rakhumai Mandir
5.7 Shiv Temple
5.8 Sri Bhavdevi Mandir
The origin of the word 'Dahisar' may be related to the ten Hamlets
that made up this town. "Dahi" stands for "ten" in the language of
Agris, Kolis, Warlis and Dublis, the original residents of Dahisar.
Gaothan, Kandarpada, Navagaon, Ovaripada, Ghartanpada, Ketakipada,
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.
The original residents of
Dahisar are the East Indians, Panchkalshi,
Agri and Koli, who still live primarily in the hamlets of Kandarpada
and Gaothan and the tribes who lived in the hills surrounding Dahisar
- the Warlis and Dublis.
With the construction of the railway line connecting
Dahisar to the
Mumbai in 1867, came the first lot of migrants, the people
Sindhudurg region of Konkan. These migrants established the first
planned residential areas of
Dahisar - Maratha Colony in
and Mhatre Wadi in the West. 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 originally a part of
Thane District; it became a part of
Mumbai in the 1956, when
Borivali taluka was merged with Bombay
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 northwest
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, Maratha Colony of 1960s
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 suburban
transportation in northern
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:
Dahisar Subway was the only link connecting
Dahisar west to east
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.
Dahisar Bridge: Just overlooking to the subway is the Dahisar
bridge. The bridge spans the
Dahisar station is the last station in
Mumbai (officially). The area
around the station is heavily trafficked.
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
NL Complex : The largest residential complex in
Dahisar is also
called as Indraprashtha Enclave. The complex has huge garden, now
renamed as Chatrapati 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.
Ashokvan :The second largest Residential Area near to the Western
Gokul Anand Hotel :Famous Hotel Near to Western Express
Johny Maidan :Johny Maidan is one of the oldest play ground for
kids. But now it is converted to Veer Sawarkar 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
Some other landmarks in
Dahisar Fish Market, Dahisar
Govthan, Siddhi Vinayak Mandir,
Dahisar Bridge in
Vitthal Rakhumai Temple, Havelli (Shreenathji Temple), Moviegem Cinema
(earlier termed as Rajashree cinema), Toll Naka in
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
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.
Bhatala Devi Mandir
Bhatala Mandir is one of the oldest temples in Dahisar, and been their
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 temple of Goddess "Bhatala Mata". The
Bhatala Mandir Trust celebrates the Navarati, Ganesh Utsav, Shiv
Hanuman Jayanti, Shiv Ratri and all other Hindu religious
festivals. Few years back it was renovated and beautified by the
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 festivals celebrated
is Navratri Utsav celebrated in Vitthal Mandir
Govardhan Nathji ki Haveli (
This temple of the
Pushtimarg Vaishnav community was established in
1995 when Acharya Shri Vrajadhishji Goswami relocated to
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
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
Shri Siddhi Vinayak mandir
Siddhi Vinayak mandir is located on the banks of the
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. 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 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.
Cricket is the dominant sport played in Dahisar, along with Football.
Dahisar United Football Club which was started in 2003, is one of the
leading clubs from Dahisar. With an aim to promote Football in
Dahisar, the DUFC opened up its doors for every football lover and for
the ones who were willing to learn the sport. Youngsters and adults
from various parts of
Dahisar and even beyond came to join hands in
this noble cause. Determining the power of the young lot, DUFC took a
step further. In June 2006, DUFC was associated with M.D.F.A. (Mumbai
District Football Association). In 2009, DUFC was promoted to the 3rd
Division of the MDFA citing their fine performance in the same season.
A dream come true for all the well-wishers and the players of the
Dahisar dates back to the year 1973. 15 football
enthusiasts started playing on a small ground near Veer
As the lot began to grow they shifted to another ground alongside
Dahisar River. In 1977, The Haridas Park ground, which has now been
renovated to a jogger’s park, was then the home ground for these
football lovers. They named the team Tempest Sports Club, Dahisar.
In the year 1980, Tempest Sports Club,
Dahisar was registered with the
W.I.F.A. (Western India Football Association). But later they changed
the name to
Dahisar Sports Club. Players from many areas started
pouring in to make
Dahisar Sports Club a formidable side.
Dahisar Sports Club participated in many tournaments in
Mumbai as well
as outside Mumbai. They played most of their matches on St. Francis
D’Assissi High School Ground.
Outside Mumbai, Daman had a big fan base for the
Dahisar Sports Club.
The locals were always eager to know about the participation of D.S.C.
as they were the local’s favourite. D.S.C. made it to the finals
many times but could not end the jinx of losing in the final.
Dahisar Sports Foundation (D.S.F) is also extremely popular with the
masses. It is located opposite to the Vidya Mandir School and is a
popular club for sports coaching.
Vidya Mandir High School,
Mary Immaculate Girls' High School
St Marys High School, CHS Link Road and Rajeshahaji Road,
Shailendra Education Society,
Vidya Bhushan High School,
Dahisar Municipal School
Rustomjee International School, Rustomjee Acres,
Rustomjee Cambridge International School, Rustomjee Acres,
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Vidyalaya Junior College,
Matruchhaya High School,
St Thomas High School,
Poorna Prajna High School,
Swami Vivekanand Education Center,
St Louis School,
Holy Family High School, Dahisar(E)
JBCN International School
Dahisar is well connected by the Western Urban Road. The neighborhood
has two BEST bus stations,
Dahisar Bus Station in
Dahisar East Area
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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