Mahim is a neighbourhood in Mumbai, India. The
Mahim railway station
is in the
Mahim area, on the
Mumbai suburban railway on the Western
Mahim is often considered as the heart of Mumbai.
2.1 Schools and educational institutions
2.4 Mahimchi Khadi (
5 See also
Former seven islands of Bombay
Mahim is derived from the ancient Mahikavati meaning
"miraculous" in Sanskrit. Other historical names for the area include
Mahimawati, Maijim, and Mejambu.
Mahim was one of the seven islands that originally made up Mumbai.
Mahim, or Mahikawati as it was known, was the capital of Raja Bhimdev,
who reigned over the region in the 13th century. He built a palace and
a court of justice in Prabhadevi, as well as the first Babulnath
Dargah of Mahimi in Mahim
In 1343, this island was possessed by the Sultanate of Gujarat. It was
in their reign that the old
Mahim mosque was built. A dargah of
Makhtum Fakir Ali Paru was built here in 1431.
In 1543, the Portuguese captured the islands of Mumbai. In 1662, these
islands were given to the English King, King Charles II, as a part of
the wedding dowry for the Portuguese princess, Catherine of Braganza.
After British acquired Mumbai, they built the
Mahim Fort here to
protect themselves from the Portuguese. The fort today stands in
The causeway connecting
Bandra (corrupted from "Bunder"
meaning port in Persian) was completed in 1845 at a cost of Rs.
1,57,000 donated entirely by Lady Avabai Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy, wife of
the first baronet Sir
Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy with a stipulation that no
toll would be charged to citizens for its use by the government.
In 1847, a small group of Scottish missionaries decided to start a new
school, now one of the most high-profile schools in
Mumbai — the
Bombay Scottish School.
Bandra Worli Sea Link
Bandra Worli Sea Link across
Mahim is surrounded by Dharavi,
Bandra on the north and the
Arabian Sea on the west.
Schools and educational institutions
Mahim has a number of schools and educational institutions. Some of
the well-known schools are Balmohan Vidyamandir, Bombay Scottish
School, Mahim, Canossa Convent High School, Victoria High School,
Saraswati Mandir High School, Lokmanya Vidyamandir, Billa Bong school
and St Michael High School). Reputed colleges and professional
educational institutes such as
Ruparel College and St. Xavier's
Technical Institute are also in Mahim.
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Makhdoom Ali Mahimi
Makhdoom Ali Mahimi Dargah
St. Michael's Church
Lokmanya Vidya Mandir School & Jr. College of Science, Arts &
Victoria High School
Mahim Causeway (Koliwada)
Mahim Reti Bunder
Xavier Institute of Engineering
Swami Vivekanand Garden
S.L. Raheja Hospital
Canossa Convent High School
St. Michael's High School
Mahim Bay is a large bay, part of the
Arabian Sea in Mumbai, India.
The southern end is Worli, the northern end is
Bandra Reclamation and
Mahim is in the centre. The bay was named after the islands of Mahim
Salsette were merged in the early 19th century. The Mithi River
During the colonial era, the Portuguese built a watchtower called
Castella de Aguada
Castella de Aguada on the northern side. Later, the British built the
Worli Fort to the south and
Mahim Fort near the creek to defend the
seven islands of Bombay against attacks by the Portuguese and the
Marathas. The Bandra-
Worli Sealink crosses
Mahimchi Khadi (
Mahim Creek is a 15 feet (4.6 m) deep creek. The Mithi River
drains into the creek which drains into the
Mahim Bay. It forms the
boundary between the city and suburbs. The creek is swamped by
mangroves and has a mini-ecosystem.
It now has the
Bandra-Kurla complex with corporate offices on both its
The waters of the creek are foul smelling due to the dumping of
untreated industrial effluents upstream. In recent years, the
mushrooming of slums around the waters has caused concern for the
mangrove ecosystem, vital to the ecosystem of Mumbai.
In 2006, it was the site of mass hysteria as thousands claimed its
waters had turned "sweet."
Mahim Causeway, Koliwada Creek Bridge
Mahim Causeway is a vital link road connecting the neighborhoods
Mahim in South
Bandra in West Mumbai.
Mahim Causeway was built between 1841 and 1846 to connect the
Salsette with Mahim. The swampy area between the two islands
made travel dangerous and thus a need for a causeway arose. The
India Company, which governed Bombay at that time,
refused to fund the project. This led Lady Jeejeebhoy, wife of the
first baronet Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy, to donate the entire amount of
₹157,000/- on the condition that the government would not charge a
toll for its use or disturb the Koli community who lived around the
Mahim Causeway forms the link between Swami Vivekanand Road and
L.J. Road, being the stretch between
Bandra masjid and
(St. Michael's). It is not to be confused with the Bandra-
Link, a major infrastructural project opened on 30 June 2009 which is
designed to ease traffic across the causeway by building another
bridge across the
Mahim Fort, which was once visible from the
Mahim Causeway and Bandra
Reclamation, is barely visible now. The
Mahim Fort along with Fort St
George in South
Mumbai was an important base during the time of the
British Empire. Other forts in
Salsette Island include
Sewri and Mazgaon. Fort St George was built in 1669, by
the former Governor of Bombay, Gerald Aungier.
Thomas Grantham then strengthened the fort's ramparts in 1684. In
1772, 111 years after Bombay was taken from them, the Portuguese
attempted to attack this fort. The British replied fiercely with
Bandra church also bore the brunt of their fire.
There were about 100 soldiers and 30 cannons in the
Mahim Fort at that
Today the fort is almost ruined and encroachers and hutments occupy
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Mumbai metropolitan area
Suburbs in Raigad district