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MUMBAI (/mʊmˈbaɪ/ ; also known as BOMBAY, the official name until 1995 ) is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra
Maharashtra
. It is the most populous city in India
India
and the ninth most populous agglomeration in the world , with an estimated city population of 18.4 million. Along with the neighbouring regions of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region , it is one of the most populous urban regions in the world and the second most populous metropolitan area in India, with a population of 20.7 million as of 2011 . Mumbai
Mumbai
lies on the west coast of India
India
and has a deep natural harbour. In 2008, Mumbai was named an alpha world city . It is also the wealthiest city in India, and has the highest GDP of any city in South , West , or Central Asia . Mumbai
Mumbai
has the highest number of billionaires and millionaires among all cities in India.

The seven islands that came to constitute Mumbai
Mumbai
were home to communities of fishing colonies . For centuries, the islands were under the control of successive indigenous empires before being ceded to the Portuguese and subsequently to the British East India
India
Company when in 1661 King Charles II married the Portuguese Catherine of Braganza , and as part of her dowry Charles received the ports of Tangier and seven islands of Bombay . During the mid-18th century, Bombay was reshaped by the Hornby Vellard project, which undertook reclamation of the area between the seven islands from the sea. Along with construction of major roads and railways, the reclamation project, completed in 1845, transformed Bombay into a major seaport on the Arabian Sea
Arabian Sea
. Bombay in the 19th century was characterised by economic and educational development. During the early 20th century it became a strong base for the Indian independence movement . Upon India's independence in 1947 the city was incorporated into Bombay State . In 1960, following the Samyukta Maharashtra
Maharashtra
movement , a new state of Maharashtra
Maharashtra
was created with Bombay as the capital.

Mumbai
Mumbai
is the financial , commercial and entertainment capital of India. It is also one of the world's top ten centres of commerce in terms of global financial flow, generating 6.16% of India's GDP and accounting for 25% of industrial output, 70% of maritime trade in India
India
( Mumbai Port Trust and JNPT ), and 70% of capital transactions to India\'s economy . The city houses important financial institutions such as the Reserve Bank of India
India
, the Bombay Stock Exchange , the National Stock Exchange of India
India
, the SEBI and the corporate headquarters of numerous Indian companies and multinational corporations . It is also home to some of India's premier scientific and nuclear institutes like BARC , NPCL , IREL , TIFR , AERB , AECI , and the Department of Atomic Energy . The city also houses India's Hindi
Hindi
( Bollywood
Bollywood
) and Marathi film and television industry. Mumbai's business opportunities, as well as its potential to offer a higher standard of living , attract migrants from all over India, making the city a melting pot of many communities and cultures .

CONTENTS

* 1 Etymology

* 2 History

* 2.1 Early history * 2.2 Portuguese and British rule * 2.3 Independent India
India

* 3 Geography

* 3.1 Climate

* 4 Economy * 5 Civic administration * 6 Politics

* 7 Transport

* 7.1 Public transport

* 7.1.1 Rail * 7.1.2 Bus * 7.1.3 Water

* 7.2 Road * 7.3 Air * 7.4 Sea

* 8 Utility services * 9 Architecture

* 10 Demographics

* 10.1 Ethnic groups and religions

* 11 Culture * 12 Media

* 13 Education

* 13.1 Schools * 13.2 Higher education

* 14 Sports * 15 See also * 16 Notes * 17 References * 18 External links

ETYMOLOGY

The name _Mumbai_ is derived from _Mumbā_ or _Mahā-Ambā_—the name of the patron goddess (Kuladevi ) Mumbadevi of the native Agri , Koli and Somvanshi Kshatriya communities— and _ā'ī_ meaning "mother" in the Marathi language, which is the mother tongue of the kolis and the official language of Maharashtra. The temple of local Hindu
Hindu
goddess Mumbadevi , from whom the city of Mumbai
Mumbai
derives its name

The oldest known names for the city are _Kakamuchee_ and _Galajunkja_; these are sometimes still used. In 1508, Portuguese writer Gaspar Correia used the name _Bombaim_, in his _Lendas da Índia_ ("Legends of India"). This name possibly originated as the Old Portuguese phrase _bom baim_, meaning "good little bay", and _Bombaim_ is still commonly used in Portuguese. In 1516, Portuguese explorer Duarte Barbosa used the name _Tana-Maiambu_: _Tana_ appears to refer to the adjoining town of Thane and _Maiambu_ to _Mumbadevi_.

Other variations recorded in the 16th and the 17th centuries include: _Mombayn_ (1525), _Bombay_ (1538), _Bombain_ (1552), _Bombaym_ (1552), _Monbaym_ (1554), _Mombaim_ (1563), _Mombaym_ (1644), _Bambaye_ (1666), _Bombaiim_ (1666), _Bombeye_ (1676), _Boon Bay_ (1690), and _Bon Bahia_. After the English gained possession of the city in the 17th century, the Portuguese name was anglicised as _Bombay_. Ali Muhammad Khan, imperial _diwan _ or revenue minister of the Gujarat province, in the _Mirat-i-Ahmedi_ (1762) referred to the city as _Manbai_.

By the late 20th century, the city was referred to as _Mumbai_ or _Mambai_ in the Indian statewise official languages of Marathi , Konkani , Gujarati , Kannada and Sindhi , and as _Bambai_ in Hindi
Hindi
. The Government of India
India
officially changed the English name to _Mumbai_ in November 1995. This came at the insistence of the Marathi nationalist Shiv Sena party, which had just won the Maharashtra
Maharashtra
state elections, and mirrored similar name changes across the country and particularly in Maharashtra. According to _Slate _ magazine, "they argued that 'Bombay' was a corrupted English version of 'Mumbai' and an unwanted legacy of British colonial rule." _Slate_ also said "The push to rename Bombay was part of a larger movement to strengthen Marathi identity in the Maharashtra
Maharashtra
region." While the city is still referred to as Bombay by some of its residents and by Indians from other regions, mention of the city by a name other than _Mumbai_ has been controversial, resulting in emotional outbursts sometimes of a violently political nature.

A resident of Mumbai
Mumbai
is called _mumbaikar_ in the Marathi language , in which the suffix _kar_ means _resident of_. The term has been in use for quite some time but it gained popularity after the official name change to Mumbai.

HISTORY

Main articles: History of Mumbai and Timeline of Mumbai history

EARLY HISTORY

Kanheri Caves served as a centre of Buddhism
Buddhism
in Western India during ancient times

Mumbai
Mumbai
is built on what was once an archipelago of seven islands : Bombay Island , Parel , Mazagaon , Mahim , Colaba , Worli
Worli
, and Old Woman\'s Island (also known as _Little Colaba_). It is not exactly known when these islands were first inhabited. Pleistocene
Pleistocene
sediments found along the coastal areas around Kandivali in northern Mumbai suggest that the islands were inhabited since the Stone Age . Perhaps at the beginning of the Common era (2,000 years ago), or possibly earlier, they came to be occupied by the Christian Koli fishing community.

In the third century BCE, the islands formed part of the Maurya Empire, during its expansion in the south, ruled by the Buddhist emperor, Ashoka
Ashoka
of Magadha
Magadha
. The Kanheri Caves in Borivali
Borivali
were excavated in the mid-third century BCE, and served as an important centre of Buddhism
Buddhism
in Western India
India
during ancient Times. The city then was known as _Heptanesia_ ( Ancient Greek : A Cluster of Seven Islands) to the Greek geographer Ptolemy
Ptolemy
in 150 CE. The Mahakali Caves in Andheri
Andheri
were built between the 1st century BCE and the 6th century CE.

Between the second century BCE and ninth century CE, the islands came under the control of successive indigenous dynasties : Satavahanas , Western Kshatrapas , Abhiras , Vakatakas , Kalachuris , Konkan Mauryas, Chalukyas and Rashtrakutas , before being ruled by the Silhara dynasty from 810 to 1260. Some of the oldest edifices in the city built during this period are, Jogeshwari Caves (between 520 and 525), Elephanta Caves (between the sixth to seventh century), Walkeshwar Temple (10th century), and Banganga Tank (12th century). The Haji Ali Dargah was built in 1431, when Mumbai
Mumbai
was under the rule of the Gujarat Sultanate

King Bhimdev founded his kingdom in the region in the late 13th century and established his capital in _Mahikawati_ (present day Mahim ). The Pathare Prabhus , among the earliest known settlers of the city, were brought to _Mahikawati_ from Saurashtra in Gujarat
Gujarat
around 1298 by Bhimdev. The Delhi Sultanate annexed the islands in 1347–48 and controlled it until 1407. During this time, the islands were administered by the Muslim Governors of Gujarat
Gujarat
, who were appointed by the Delhi
Delhi
Sultanate.

The islands were later governed by the independent Gujarat
Gujarat
Sultanate , which was established in 1407. The Sultanate's patronage led to the construction of many mosques, prominent being the Haji Ali Dargah in Worli
Worli
, built in honour of the Muslim saint Haji Ali in 1431. From 1429 to 1431, the islands were a source of contention between the Gujarat Sultanate and the Bahamani Sultanate of Deccan. In 1493, Bahadur Khan Gilani of the Bahamani Sultanate attempted to conquer the islands but was defeated.

PORTUGUESE AND BRITISH RULE

Main articles: History of Bombay under Portuguese rule (1534–1661) and History of Bombay under British rule The Madh Fort built by the Portuguese, was one of the most important forts in Salsette
Salsette
.

The Mughal Empire , founded in 1526, was the dominant power in the Indian subcontinent during the mid-16th century. Growing apprehensive of the power of the Mughal emperor Humayun
Humayun
, Sultan Bahadur Shah of the Gujarat Sultanate was obliged to sign the Treaty of Bassein with the Portuguese Empire on 23 December 1534. According to the treaty, the seven islands of Bombay, the nearby strategic town of Bassein and its dependencies were offered to the Portuguese. The territories were later surrendered on 25 October 1535.

The Portuguese were actively involved in the foundation and growth of their Roman Catholic religious orders in Bombay. They called the islands by various names, which finally took the written form _Bombaim_. The islands were leased to several Portuguese officers during their regime. The Portuguese Franciscans
Franciscans
and Jesuits built several churches in the city, prominent being the St. Michael\'s Church at Mahim (1534), St. John the Baptist Church at Andheri (1579), St. Andrew\'s Church at Bandra
Bandra
(1580), and Gloria Church at Byculla (1632). The Portuguese also built several fortifications around the city like the Bombay Castle , _ Castella de Aguada _ (Castelo da Aguada or Bandra
Bandra
Fort), and Madh Fort . The English were in constant struggle with the Portuguese vying for hegemony over Bombay, as they recognised its strategic natural harbour and its natural isolation from land-attacks. By the middle of the 17th century the growing power of the Dutch Empire forced the English to acquire a station in western India. On 11 May 1661, the marriage treaty of Charles II of England and Catherine of Braganza , daughter of King John IV of Portugal
Portugal
, placed the islands in possession of the English Empire , as part of Catherine's dowry to Charles. However, Salsette
Salsette
, Bassein , Mazagaon , Parel , Worli
Worli
, Sion , Dharavi , and Wadala still remained under Portuguese possession. From 1665 to 1666, the English managed to acquire Mahim, Sion, Dharavi, and Wadala. Two views of the English fort in Bombay, c. 1665

In accordance with the Royal Charter of 27 March 1668 , England leased these islands to the English East India
India
Company in 1668 for a sum of £ 10 per annum. The population quickly rose from 10,000 in 1661, to 60,000 in 1675. The islands were subsequently attacked by Yakut Khan , the Siddi admiral of the Mughal Empire , in October 1672, Rickloffe van Goen , the Governor-General of Dutch India
India
on 20 February 1673, and Siddi admiral Sambal on 10 October 1673.

In 1687, the English East India
India
Company transferred its headquarters from Surat to Bombay. The city eventually became the headquarters of the Bombay Presidency . Following the transfer, Bombay was placed at the head of all the company's establishments in India. Towards the end of the 17th century, the islands again suffered incursions from Yakut Khan in 1689–90. The Portuguese presence ended in Bombay when the Marathas under _ Peshwa
Peshwa
_ Baji Rao I captured Salsette
Salsette
in 1737, and Bassein in 1739. By the middle of the 18th century, Bombay began to grow into a major trading town, and received a huge influx of migrants from across India. Later, the British occupied Salsette
Salsette
on 28 December 1774. With the Treaty of Surat (1775), the British formally gained control of Salsette
Salsette
and Bassein, resulting in the First Anglo-Maratha War . The British were able to secure Salsette
Salsette
from the Marathas without violence through the Treaty of Purandar (1776), and later through the Treaty of Salbai (1782), signed to settle the outcome of the First Anglo-Maratha War. Ships in Bombay Harbour (c. 1731). Bombay emerged as a significant trading town during the mid-18th century.

From 1782 onwards, the city was reshaped with large-scale civil engineering projects aimed at merging all the seven islands into a single amalgamated mass. This project, known as Hornby Vellard , was completed by 1784. In 1817, the British East India
India
Company under Mountstuart Elphinstone defeated Baji Rao II , the last of the Maratha _Peshwa_ in the Battle of Khadki . Following his defeat, almost the whole of the Deccan came under British suzerainty, and was incorporated into the Bombay Presidency. The success of the British campaign in the Deccan marked the end of all attacks by native powers.

By 1845, the seven islands coalesced into a single landmass by the Hornby Vellard project via large scale land reclamation . On 16 April 1853, India's first passenger railway line was established, connecting Bombay to the neighbouring town of Thana (now Thane). During the American Civil War (1861–1865), the city became the world's chief cotton-trading market, resulting in a boom in the economy that subsequently enhanced the city's stature.

The opening of the Suez Canal
Suez Canal
in 1869 transformed Bombay into one of the largest seaports on the Arabian Sea
Arabian Sea
. In September 1896, Bombay was hit by a bubonic plague epidemic where the death toll was estimated at 1,900 people per week. About 850,000 people fled Bombay and the textile industry was adversely affected. As the capital of the Bombay Presidency , the city witnessed the Indian independence movement , with the Quit India
India
Movement in 1942 and The Royal Indian Navy Mutiny in 1946 being its most notable events.

INDEPENDENT INDIA

Main article: History of Bombay in Independent India
India
Municipal Corporation Building, Bombay in 1950 – Victoria Terminus partly visible on far right.

After India's independence in 1947, the territory of the Bombay Presidency retained by India
India
was restructured into Bombay State . The area of Bombay State increased, after several erstwhile princely states that joined the Indian union were integrated into the state. Subsequently, the city became the capital of Bombay State. On April 1950, Municipal limits of Bombay were expanded by merging the Bombay Suburban District and Bombay City to form the Greater Bombay Municipal Corporation.

The Samyukta Maharashtra
Maharashtra
movement to create a separate Maharashtra state including Bombay was at its height in the 1950s. In the _Lok Sabha _ discussions in 1955, the Congress party demanded that the city be constituted as an autonomous city-state. The States Reorganisation Committee recommended a bilingual state for Maharashtra– Gujarat
Gujarat
with Bombay as its capital in its 1955 report. Bombay Citizens\' Committee , an advocacy group of leading Gujarati industrialists lobbied for Bombay's independent status.

Following protests during the movement in which 105 people lost their lives in clashes with the police, Bombay State was reorganised on linguistic lines on 1 May 1960. Gujarati -speaking areas of Bombay State were partitioned into the state of Gujarat. Maharashtra
Maharashtra
State with Bombay as its capital was formed with the merger of Marathi -speaking areas of Bombay State, eight districts from Central Provinces and Berar , five districts from Hyderabad State , and numerous princely states enclosed between them. As a memorial to the martyrs of the Samyukta Maharashtra
Maharashtra
movement, Flora Fountain was renamed as _ Hutatma Chowk
Hutatma Chowk
_ (Martyr's Square), and a memorial was erected. The Hutatma Chowk
Hutatma Chowk
memorial, built to honour the martyrs of the Samyukta Maharashtra
Maharashtra
movement ( Flora Fountain is on its left in the background.)

The following decades saw massive expansion of the city and its suburbs. In the late 1960s, Nariman Point and Cuffe Parade were reclaimed and developed. The Bombay Metropolitan Region Development Authority (BMRDA) was established on 26 January 1975 by the Government of Maharashtra
Maharashtra
as an apex body for planning and co-ordination of development activities in the Bombay metropolitan region . In August 1979, a sister township of New Bombay was founded by the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) across the Thane and Raigad districts to help the dispersal and control of Bombay's population. The textile industry in Bombay largely disappeared after the widespread 1982 Great Bombay Textile Strike , in which nearly 250,000 workers in more than 50 textile mills went on strike. Mumbai's defunct cotton mills have since become the focus of intense redevelopment .

The Jawaharlal Nehru Port , which currently handles 55–60% of India's containerised cargo, was commissioned on 26 May 1989 across the creek at Nhava Sheva with a view to de-congest Bombay Harbour and to serve as a hub port for the city. The geographical limits of Greater Bombay were coextensive with municipal limits of Greater Bombay. On 1 October 1990, the Greater Bombay district was bifurcated to form two revenue districts namely, Bombay City and Bombay Suburban , though they continued to be administered by same Municipal Administration.

From 1990 to 2010, there has been an increase in violence in the hitherto largely peaceful city. Following the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya
Ayodhya
, the city was rocked by the Hindu-Muslim riots of 1992–93 in which more than 1,000 people were killed. On 12 March 1993, a series of 13 co-ordinated bombings at several city landmarks by Islamic extremists and the Bombay underworld resulted in 257 deaths and over 700 injuries. In 2006, 209 people were killed and over 700 injured when seven bombs exploded on the city's commuter trains . In 2008, a series of ten coordinated attacks by armed terrorists for three days resulted in 173 deaths, 308 injuries, and severe damage to several heritage landmarks and prestigious hotels. The blasts that occurred at the Opera House, Zaveri Bazaar, and Dadar
Dadar
on 13 July 2011 were the latest in the series of terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

Mumbai
Mumbai
is the commercial capital of India
India
and has evolved into a global financial hub. For several decades it has been the home of India's main financial services, and a focus for both infrastructure development and private investment. From being an ancient fishing community and a colonial centre of trade, Mumbai
Mumbai
has become South Asia's largest city and home of the world's most prolific film industry.

GEOGRAPHY

Main article: Geography of Mumbai See also: South Mumbai , Western Suburbs (Mumbai) , Eastern Suburbs (Mumbai) , and List of neighbourhoods in Mumbai
Mumbai
Mumbai
Mumbai
consists of two revenue districts

Mumbai
Mumbai
consists of two distinct regions: Mumbai City district and Mumbai Suburban district , which form two separate revenue districts of Maharashtra. The city district region is also commonly referred to as the _Island City_ or South Mumbai . The total area of Mumbai
Mumbai
is 603.4 km2 (233 sq mi). Of this, the island city spans 67.79 km2 (26 sq mi), while the suburban district spans 370 km2 (143 sq mi), together accounting for 437.71 km2 (169 sq mi) under the administration of Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM). The remaining areas belong to various Defence establishments, the Mumbai Port Trust , the Atomic Energy Commission and the Borivali
Borivali
National Park, which are out of the jurisdiction of the MCGM. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region which includes portions of Thane , Palghar and Raigad districts in addition to Greater Mumbai, covers an area of 4,355 km2 (1681.5 sq mi).

Mumbai
Mumbai
lies at the mouth of the Ulhas River on the western coast of India, in the coastal region known as the Konkan . It sits on Salsette Island (Sashti Island), which it partially shares with the Thane district . Mumbai
Mumbai
is bounded by the Arabian Sea
Arabian Sea
to the west. Many parts of the city lie just above sea level, with elevations ranging from 10 m (33 ft) to 15 m (49 ft); the city has an average elevation of 14 m (46 ft). Northern Mumbai
Mumbai
(Salsette) is hilly, and the highest point in the city is 450 m (1,476 ft) at Salsette
Salsette
in the Powai – Kanheri ranges. The Sanjay Gandhi National Park ( Borivali
Borivali
National Park) is located partly in the Mumbai suburban district , and partly in the Thane district, and it extends over an area of 103.09 km2 (39.80 sq mi).

Apart from the Bhatsa Dam , there are six major lakes that supply water to the city: Vihar , Lower Vaitarna , Upper Vaitarna , Tulsi , Tansa and Powai . Tulsi Lake and Vihar Lake are located in Borivili National Park , within the city's limits. The supply from Powai lake, also within the city limits, is used only for agricultural and industrial purposes. Three small rivers, the Dahisar River , Poinsar (or Poisar) and Ohiwara (or Oshiwara) originate within the park, while the polluted Mithi River originates from Tulsi Lake and gathers water overflowing from Vihar and Powai Lakes. The coastline of the city is indented with numerous creeks and bays, stretching from the Thane creek on the eastern to Madh Marve on the western front. The eastern coast of Salsette
Salsette
Island is covered with large mangrove swamps , rich in biodiversity, while the western coast is mostly sandy and rocky.

Soil cover in the city region is predominantly sandy due to its proximity to the sea. In the suburbs, the soil cover is largely alluvial and loamy. The underlying rock of the region is composed of black Deccan basalt flows, and their acidic and basic variants dating back to the late Cretaceous
Cretaceous
and early Eocene eras. Mumbai
Mumbai
sits on a seismically active zone owing to the presence of 23 fault lines in the vicinity. The area is classified as a Seismic Zone III region , which means an earthquake of up to magnitude 6.5 on the Richter magnitude scale may be expected.

CLIMATE

Average temperature and precipitation in Mumbai
Mumbai
Main article: Climate of Mumbai

Mumbai
Mumbai
has a tropical climate , specifically a tropical wet and dry climate (Aw) under the Köppen climate classification , with seven months of dryness and peak of rains in July. The cooler season from December to February is followed by the summer season from March to June. The period from June to about the end of September constitutes the south-west monsoon season, and October and November form the post-monsoon season.

Between June and September, the south west monsoon rains lash the city. Pre-monsoon showers are received in May. Occasionally, north-east monsoon showers occur in October and November. The maximum annual rainfall ever recorded was 3,452 mm (136 in) for 1954. The highest rainfall recorded in a single day was 944 mm (37 in) on 26 July 2005 . The average total annual rainfall is 2,146.6 mm (85 in) for the Island City, and 2,457 mm (97 in) for the suburbs.

The average annual temperature is 27.2 °C (81 °F), and the average annual precipitation is 2,167 mm (85 in). In the Island City, the average maximum temperature is 31.2 °C (88 °F), while the average minimum temperature is 23.7 °C (75 °F). In the suburbs, the daily mean maximum temperature range from 29.1 °C (84 °F) to 33.3 °C (92 °F), while the daily mean minimum temperature ranges from 16.3 °C (61 °F) to 26.2 °C (79 °F). The record high is 42.2 °C (108 °F) set on 14 April 1952, and the record low is 7.4 °C (45 °F) set on 27 January 1962.

CLIMATE DATA FOR MUMBAI (CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT )

MONTH JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC YEAR

RECORD HIGH °C (°F) 37.1 (98.8) 39.6 (103.3) 41.7 (107.1) 42.2 (108) 41.0 (105.8) 37.1 (98.8) 34.8 (94.6) 33.5 (92.3) 36.4 (97.5) 37.9 (100.2) 37.4 (99.3) 39.8 (103.6) 42.2 (108)

AVERAGE HIGH °C (°F) 30.7 (87.3) 31.2 (88.2) 32.5 (90.5) 33.0 (91.4) 33.3 (91.9) 32.1 (89.8) 30.0 (86) 29.6 (85.3) 30.4 (86.7) 33.2 (91.8) 33.5 (92.3) 32.0 (89.6) 31.8 (89.2)

AVERAGE LOW °C (°F) 16.8 (62.2) 17.8 (64) 21.0 (69.8) 23.9 (75) 26.3 (79.3) 26.0 (78.8) 24.9 (76.8) 24.7 (76.5) 24.3 (75.7) 23.4 (74.1) 20.9 (69.6) 18.6 (65.5) 22.4 (72.3)

RECORD LOW °C (°F) 7.4 (45.3) 8.5 (47.3) 13.8 (56.8) 16.9 (62.4) 20.2 (68.4) 19.8 (67.6) 21.2 (70.2) 19.4 (66.9) 20.7 (69.3) 16.7 (62.1) 13.3 (55.9) 10.6 (51.1) 7.4 (45.3)

AVERAGE RAINFALL MM (INCHES) 0.6 (0.024) 1.3 (0.051) 0.2 (0.008) 0.7 (0.028) 12.5 (0.492) 523.1 (20.594) 799.7 (31.484) 529.7 (20.854) 312.3 (12.295) 55.8 (2.197) 16.8 (0.661) 5.3 (0.209) 2,258 (88.898)

AVERAGE RAINY DAYS 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.7 14.5 23.2 21.4 14.4 3.0 1.0 0.4 78.9

AVERAGE RELATIVE HUMIDITY (%) 69 67 69 71 70 80 86 86 83 78 71 69 75

MEAN MONTHLY SUNSHINE HOURS 269.5 257.6 274.3 283.7 296.2 148.6 73.4 75.9 165.1 240.2 245.8 253.2 2,583.5

Source #1: India
India
Meteorological Department (Period 1961–1990, record high and low up to 2010)

Source #2: NOAA (humidity, sun 1971–1990)

Air pollution
Air pollution
is a major issue in Mumbai. According to the 2016 World Health Organization Global Urban Ambient Air Pollution Database, the annual average PM2.5
PM2.5
concentration in 2013 was 63 μg/m3, which is 6.3 times higher than that recommended by the WHO Air Quality Guidelines for the annual mean PM2.5. The Central Pollution Control Board for the Government of India
India
and the Consulate General of the United States, Mumbai
Mumbai
monitor and publicly share real-time air quality data.

ECONOMY

Main article: Economy of Mumbai The Bombay Stock Exchange is the oldest stock exchange in Asia.

Mumbai
Mumbai
is India's largest city (by population) and is the financial and commercial capital of the country as it generates 6.16% of the total GDP. It serves as an economic hub of India, contributing 10% of factory employment, 25% of industrial output, 33% of income tax collections, 60% of customs duty collections, 20% of central excise tax collections, 40% of India's foreign trade and ₹4,000 crore (US$620 million) in corporate taxes . Along with the rest of India, Mumbai
Mumbai
has witnessed an economic boom since the liberalisation of 1991, the finance boom in the mid-nineties and the IT, export, services and outsourcing boom in 2000s. Although Mumbai
Mumbai
had prominently figured as the hub of economic activity of India
India
in the 1990s, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region is presently witnessing a reduction in its contribution to India's GDP.

As of 2015 , Mumbai's metro area GDP (PPP) was estimated at $368 billion. Many of India's numerous conglomerates (including Larsen & Toubro , State Bank of India
India
(SBI), Life Insurance Corporation of India
India
(LIC), Tata Group , Godrej and Reliance ), and five of the Fortune Global 500 companies are based in Mumbai. This is facilitated by the presence of the Reserve Bank of India
India
(RBI), the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), the National Stock Exchange of India
India
(NSE), and financial sector regulators such as the Securities and Exchange Board of India
India
(SEBI).

Until the 1970s, Mumbai
Mumbai
owed its prosperity largely to textile mills and the seaport, but the local economy has since then diversified to include finance , engineering , diamond-polishing, healthcare and information technology. The key sectors contributing to the city's economy are: finance, gems the district has an estimated 15,000 single-room factories.

Mumbai
Mumbai
has been ranked sixth among top ten global cities on the billionaire count with 28 and 46000 millionaires, with total wealth around $820 billion 48th on the Worldwide Centres of Commerce Index 2008, seventh in the list of "Top Ten Cities for Billionaires" by _ Forbes
Forbes
_ magazine (April 2008), and first in terms of those billionaires' average wealth. As of 2008 , the Globalization and World Cities Study Group (GaWC) has ranked Mumbai
Mumbai
as an "Alpha world city", third in its categories of Global cities . Mumbai
Mumbai
is the third most expensive office market in the world, and was ranked among the fastest cities in the country for business startup in 2009.

CIVIC ADMINISTRATION

Headquarters of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM). The MCGM is the largest civic organisation in the country.

Greater Mumbai, an area of 603 square kilometres (233 sq mi), consisting of the Mumbai
Mumbai
City and Mumbai
Mumbai
Suburban districts, extends from Colaba in the south, to Mulund and Dahisar in the north, and Mankhurd in the east. Its population as per the 2011 census was 12,442,373.

It is administered by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) (sometimes referred to as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation ), formerly known as the _Bombay Municipal Corporation_ (BMC). The MCGM is in charge of the civic and infrastructure needs of the metropolis. The Mayor is chosen through indirect election by the councillors from among themselves for a term of two and half years.

The Municipal Commissioner is the chief Executive Officer and head of the executive arm of the Municipal Corporation. All executive powers are vested in the Municipal Commissioner who is an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer appointed by the state government . Although the Municipal Corporation is the legislative body that lays down policies for the governance of the city, it is the Commissioner who is responsible for the execution of the policies. The Commissioner is appointed for a fixed term as defined by state statute. The powers of the Commissioner are those provided by statute and those delegated by the Corporation or the Standing Committee.

The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai was ranked 9th out of 21 Cities for best governance "> The Bombay High Court exercises jurisdiction over Maharashtra, Goa
Goa
, Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli .

The two revenue districts of Mumbai
Mumbai
come under the jurisdiction of a District Collector . The Collectors are in charge of property records and revenue collection for the Central Government , and oversee the national elections held in the city.

The Mumbai Police is headed by a Police Commissioner , who is an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer. The Mumbai Police is a division of the Maharashtra
Maharashtra
Police , under the state Home Ministry. The city is divided into seven police zones and seventeen traffic police zones, each headed by a Deputy Commissioner of Police. The Traffic Police is a semi-autonomous body under the Mumbai
Mumbai
Police. The Mumbai
Mumbai
Fire Brigade , under the jurisdiction of the Municipal Corporation, is headed by the Chief Fire Officer, who is assisted by four Deputy Chief Fire Officers and six Divisional Officers. The Mumbai
Mumbai
Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is responsible for infrastructure development and planning of Mumbai Metropolitan Region .

Mumbai
Mumbai
is the seat of the Bombay High Court , which exercises jurisdiction over the states of Maharashtra
Maharashtra
and Goa
Goa
, and the Union Territories of Daman and Diu
Daman and Diu
and Dadra and Nagar Haveli . Mumbai
Mumbai
also has two lower courts, the Small Causes Court for civil matters, and the Sessions Court for criminal cases. Mumbai
Mumbai
also has a special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (TADA) court for people accused of conspiring and abetting acts of terrorism in the city.

POLITICS

First session of the Indian National Congress in Bombay (28–31 December 1885)

Mumbai
Mumbai
had been a traditional stronghold and birthplace of the Indian National Congress , also known as the Congress Party. The first session of the Indian National Congress was held in Bombay from 28–31 December 1885. The city played host to the Indian National Congress six times during its first 50 years, and became a strong base for the Indian independence movement during the 20th century.

The 1960s saw the rise of regionalist politics in Bombay, with the formation of the Shiv Sena on 19 June 1966, out of a feeling of resentment about the relative marginalisation of the native Marathi people in Bombay. Shiv Sena switched from 'Marathi Cause' to larger 'Hindutva Cause' in 1985 and joined hands with Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in same year. The Congress had dominated the politics of Bombay from independence until the early 1980s, when the Shiv Sena won the 1985 Bombay Municipal Corporation elections.

In 1989, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a major national political party, forged an electoral alliance with the Shiv Sena to dislodge the Congress in the Maharashtra
Maharashtra
Legislative Assembly elections. In 1999, several members left the Congress to form the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) but later allied with the Congress as part of an alliance known as the Democratic Front . Currently, other parties such as Maharashtra
Maharashtra
Navnirman Sena (MNS), Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), and several independent candidates also contest elections in the city.

In the Indian national elections held every five years, Mumbai
Mumbai
is represented by six parliamentary constituencies: North , North West , North East , North Central , South Central , and South . A Member of parliament (MP) to the _ Lok Sabha _, the lower house of the Indian Parliament , is elected from each of the parliamentary constituencies. In the 2014 national elections , all six parliamentary constituencies were won by the BJP and Shiv Sena in alliance, with both parties winning three seats each.

In the Maharashtra
Maharashtra
state assembly elections held every five years, Mumbai
Mumbai
is represented by 36 assembly constituencies. A Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) to the Maharashtra
Maharashtra
_ Vidhan Sabha _ (Legislative Assembly) is elected from each of the assembly constituencies. In the 2014 state assembly elections , out of the 36 assembly constituencies, 15 were won by the BJP, 14 by the Shiv Sena and 5 by the Congress.

Elections are also held every five years to elect corporators to power in the MCGM. The Corporation comprises 227 directly elected Councillors representing the 24 municipal wards , five nominated Councillors having special knowledge or experience in municipal administration, and a Mayor whose role is mostly ceremonial. In the 2012 municipal corporation elections , out of the 227 seats, the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance secured 107 seats, holding power with the support of independent candidates in the MCGM, while the Congress-NCP alliance bagged 64 seats. The tenure of the Mayor , Deputy Mayor, and Municipal Commissioner is two and a half years.

TRANSPORT

The Mumbai Suburban Railway system carries more than 6.99 million commuters on a daily basis. It has the highest passenger density of any urban railway system in the world. The Mumbai Monorail opened in February 2014. BEST buses carry a total of 4.5 million passengers daily. The black and yellow Premier Padmini Taxis are iconic of Mumbai. The Bandra- Worli
Worli
Sea Link is a cable-stayed bridge that connects central Mumbai
Mumbai
with its western suburbs Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust is the busiest port in India
India

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Main article: Public transport in Mumbai

Public transport systems in Mumbai
Mumbai
include the Mumbai
Mumbai
Suburban Railway , Monorail , Metro , Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) buses, black-and-yellow meter taxis , auto rickshaws and ferries . Suburban railway and BEST bus services together accounted for about 88% of the passenger traffic in 2008. Auto rickshaws are allowed to operate only in the suburban areas of Mumbai, while taxis are allowed to operate throughout Mumbai, but generally operate in South Mumbai . Taxis and rickshaws in Mumbai
Mumbai
are required by law to run on compressed natural gas (CNG), and are a convenient, economical, and easily available means of transport.

Rail

The Mumbai Suburban Railway , popularly referred to as Locals forms the backbone of the city's transport system. It is operated by the Central Railway and Western Railway zones of the Indian Railways . Mumbai's suburban rail systems carried a total of 6.3 million passengers every day in 2007. Trains are overcrowded during peak hours, with nine-car trains of rated capacity 1,700 passengers, actually carrying around 4,500 passengers at peak hours. The Mumbai rail network is spread at an expanse of 319 route kilometres. 191 rakes (train-sets) of 9 car and 12 car composition are utilised to run a total of 2,226 train services in the city.

The Mumbai Monorail and Mumbai Metro have been built and are being extended in phases to relieve overcrowding on the existing network. The Monorail opened in early February 2014. The first line of the Mumbai Metro opened in early June 2014.

Mumbai
Mumbai
is the headquarters of two zones of the Indian Railways : the Central Railway (CR) headquartered at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus), and the Western Railway (WR) headquartered at Churchgate . Mumbai
Mumbai
is also well connected to most parts of India
India
by the Indian Railways . Long-distance trains originate from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus , Dadar
Dadar
, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus , Mumbai Central
Mumbai Central
, Bandra
Bandra
Terminus , Andheri
Andheri
and Borivali
Borivali
.

Bus

Mumbai's bus services carried over 5.5 million passengers per day in 2008, which dropped to 2.8 million in 2015. Public buses run by BEST cover almost all parts of the metropolis, as well as parts of Navi Mumbai
Mumbai
, Mira-Bhayandar and Thane. The BEST operates a total of 4,608 buses with CCTV cameras installed, ferrying 4.5 million passengers daily over 390 routes. Its fleet consists of single-decker, double-decker, vestibule, low-floor, disabled-friendly, air-conditioned and Euro III compliant diesel and compressed natural gas powered buses. BEST introduced air-conditioned buses in 1998. BEST buses are red in colour, based originally on the Routemaster buses of London. Maharashtra
Maharashtra
State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC, also known as ST) buses provide intercity transport connecting Mumbai with other towns and cities of Maharashtra
Maharashtra
and nearby states. The Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport (NMMT) and Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) also operate their buses in Mumbai, connecting various nodes of Navi Mumbai and Thane to parts of Mumbai.

Buses are generally favoured for commuting short to medium distances, while train fares are more economical for longer distance commutes.

The _ Mumbai
Mumbai
Darshan_ is a tourist bus service which explores numerous tourist attractions in Mumbai
Mumbai
. Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) lanes have been planned throughout Mumbai. Though 88% of the city's commuters travel by public transport, Mumbai
Mumbai
still continues to struggle with traffic congestion . Mumbai's transport system has been categorised as one of the most congested in the world.

Water

Water transport in Mumbai consists of ferries, hovercrafts and catamarans. Services are provided by both government agencies as well as private partners. Hovercraft services plied briefly in the late 1990s between the Gateway of India
Gateway of India
and CBD Belapur in Navi Mumbai. They were subsequently scrapped due to lack of adequate infrastructure .

ROAD

Mumbai
Mumbai
is served by National Highway 3 , National Highway 4 , National Highway 8 , National Highway 17 and National Highway 222 of India's National Highways system . The Mumbai- Pune
Pune
Expressway was the first expressway built in India. The Eastern Freeway was opened in 2013. The Mumbai Nashik Expressway , Mumbai-Vadodara Expressway , are under construction. The Bandra- Worli
Worli
Sea Link bridge, along with Mahim Causeway , links the island city to the western suburbs. The three major road arteries of the city are the Eastern Express Highway from Sion to Thane, the Sion Panvel Expressway from Sion to Panvel
Panvel
and the Western Express Highway
Western Express Highway
from Bandra
Bandra
to Dahisar . Mumbai
Mumbai
has approximately 1,900 km (1,181 mi) of roads. There are five tolled entry points to the city by road.

Mumbai
Mumbai
had about 721,000 private vehicles as of March 2014, 56,459 black and yellow taxis as of 2005 , and 106,000 auto rickshaws, as of May 2013.

AIR

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai, India
India

The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (formerly Sahar International Airport) is the main aviation hub in the city and the second busiest airport in India
India
in terms of passenger traffic. It handled 36.6 million passengers and 694,300 tonnes of cargo during FY 2014–2015. An upgrade plan was initiated in 2006, targeted at increasing the capacity of the airport to handle up to 40 million passengers annually and the new terminal T2 was opened in February 2014.

The proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport to be built in the Kopra- Panvel
Panvel
area has been sanctioned by the Indian Government and will help relieve the increasing traffic burden on the existing airport.

The Juhu Aerodrome was India's first airport, and now hosts the Bombay Flying Club and a heliport operated by state-owned Pawan Hans .

SEA

Mumbai
Mumbai
is served by two major ports, Mumbai Port Trust and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust , which lies just across the creek in Navi Mumbai . Mumbai Port has one of the best natural harbours in the world, and has extensive wet and dry dock accommodation facilities. Jawaharlal Nehru Port, commissioned on 26 May 1989, is the busiest and most modern major port in India. It handles 55–60% of the country's total containerised cargo. Ferries
Ferries
from Ferry Wharf in Mazagaon allow access to islands near the city.

The city is also the headquarters of the Western Naval Command , and also an important base for the Indian Navy .

UTILITY SERVICES

See also: Mumbai\'s water sources

Under colonial rule, tanks were the only source of water in Mumbai, with many localities having been named after them. The MCGM supplies potable water to the city from six lakes, most of which comes from the Tulsi and Vihar lakes. The Tansa lake supplies water to the western suburbs and parts of the island city along the Western Railway. The water is filtered at Bhandup , which is Asia's largest water filtration plant. India's first underground water tunnel was completed in Mumbai
Mumbai
to supply water to the Bhandup filtration plant.

About 700 million litres of water, out of a daily supply of 3500 million litres, is lost by way of water thefts, illegal connections and leakages, per day in Mumbai. Almost all of Mumbai's daily refuse of 7,800 metric tonnes, of which 40 metric tonnes is plastic waste , is transported to dumping grounds in Gorai in the northwest, Mulund in the northeast, and to the Deonar dumping ground in the east. Sewage treatment is carried out at Worli
Worli
and Bandra
Bandra
, and disposed of by two independent marine outfalls of 3.4 km (2.1 mi) and 3.7 km (2.3 mi) at Bandra
Bandra
and Worli
Worli
respectively.

Electricity is distributed by the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking in the island city, and by Reliance Energy , Tata Power , and the Maharashtra
Maharashtra
State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd ( Mahavitaran ) in the suburbs. Consumption of electricity is growing faster than production capacity. Power supply cables are underground , which reduces pilferage, thefts and other losses.

Cooking gas is supplied in the form of liquefied petroleum gas cylinders sold by state-owned oil companies, as well as through piped natural gas supplied by Mahanagar Gas Limited.

The largest telephone service provider is the state-owned MTNL , which held a monopoly over fixed line and cellular services up until 2000, and provides fixed line as well as mobile WLL services. Mobile phone coverage is extensive, and the main service providers are Vodafone Essar , Airtel , MTNL, Loop Mobile , Reliance Communications , Idea Cellular and Tata Indicom . Both GSM and CDMA services are available in the city. Mumbai, along with the area served by telephone exchanges in Navi Mumbai and Kalyan
Kalyan
is classified as a _Metro_ telecom circle. Many of the above service providers also provide broadband internet and wireless internet access in Mumbai. As of 2014 , Mumbai
Mumbai
had the highest number of internet users in India with 16.4 million users.

ARCHITECTURE

See also: Heritage structures in Mumbai Mumbai
Mumbai
city at night Mumbai
Mumbai
city skyline

The architecture of the city is a blend of Gothic Revival , Indo-Saracenic , Art Deco
Art Deco
, and other contemporary styles. Most of the buildings during the British period, such as the Victoria Terminus and Bombay University , were built in Gothic Revival style. Their architectural features include a variety of European influences such as German gables, Dutch roofs, Swiss timbering, Romance arches, Tudor casements, and traditional Indian features. There are also a few Indo-Saracenic styled buildings such as the Gateway of India
Gateway of India
. Art Deco styled landmarks can be found along the Marine Drive and west of the Oval Maidan . Mumbai
Mumbai
has the second largest number of Art Deco buildings in the world after Miami
Miami
. In the newer suburbs, modern buildings dominate the landscape. Mumbai
Mumbai
has by far the largest number of skyscrapers in India, with 956 existing buildings and 272 under construction as of 2009 .

The Mumbai
Mumbai
Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC), established in 1995, formulates special regulations and by-laws to assist in the conservation of the city's heritage structures. Mumbai
Mumbai
has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites , the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and the Elephanta Caves . In the south of Mumbai, there are colonial-era buildings and Soviet-style offices. In the east are factories and some slums. On the West coast are former-textile mills being demolished and skyscrapers built on top. There are 31 buildings taller than 100 m, compared with 200 in Shanghai, 500 in Hong Kong
Hong Kong
and 500 in New York. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus , formerly known as Victoria Terminus, is the headquarters of the Central Railway and a UNESCO
UNESCO
World Heritage Site
World Heritage Site
.

DEMOGRAPHICS

See also: Growth of Mumbai

POPULATION GROWTH

CENSUS POP.

1971 5,970,575

1981 8,243,405

38.1%

1991 9,925,891

20.4%

2001 11,914,398

20.0%

2011 12,478,447

4.7%

Source: MMRDA Data is based on Government of India
India
Census.

According to the 2011 census , the population of Mumbai
Mumbai
city was 12,479,608. The population density is estimated to be about 20,482 persons per square kilometre. The living space is 4.5sq metre per person. Mumbai Metropolitan Region was home to 20,748,395 people by 2011. As Per 2011 census, Greater Mumbai, the area under the administration of the MCGM , has a literacy rate of 94.7%, higher than the national average of 86.7%. The number of slum-dwellers is estimated to be 9 million, up from 6 million in 2001, that is, 62% of all Mumbaikars live in informal slums.

The sex ratio in 2011 was 838 females per 1,000 males in the island city, 857 in the suburbs, and 848 as a whole in Greater Mumbai, all numbers lower than the national average of 914 females per 1,000 males. The low sex ratio is partly because of the large number of male migrants who come to the city to work. _ "Parsis of Bombay_", a wood engraving, _ca._ 1878. Mumbai
Mumbai
is home to the largest population of Parsis in the world.

Residents of Mumbai
Mumbai
call themselves _ Mumbaikar _, _Mumbaiite_, _Bombayite_ or _Bombaiite_. Mumbai
Mumbai
has a large polyglot population like any other metropolitan city of India. Sixteen major languages of India
India
are also spoken in Mumbai, most common being Marathi , Hindi
Hindi
, Gujarati and English. English is extensively spoken and is the principal language of the city's white collar workforce. A colloquial form of Hindi, known as _ Bambaiya _ – a blend of Marathi, Hindi
Hindi
, Gujarati , Konkani , Urdu
Urdu
, Indian English and some invented words – is spoken on the streets.

Mumbai
Mumbai
suffers from the same major urbanisation problems seen in many fast growing cities in developing countries : widespread poverty and unemployment, poor public health and poor civic and educational standards for a large section of the population. With available land at a premium, Mumbai
Mumbai
residents often reside in cramped, relatively expensive housing, usually far from workplaces, and therefore requiring long commutes on crowded mass transit, or clogged roadways. Many of them live in close proximity to bus or train stations although suburban residents spend significant time travelling southward to the main commercial district. Dharavi , Asia's second largest slum (if Karachi
Karachi
's Orangi Town is counted as a single slum) is located in central Mumbai
Mumbai
and houses between 800,000 and one million people in 2.39 square kilometres (0.92 sq mi), making it one of the most densely populated areas on Earth with a population density of at least 334,728 persons per square kilometre.

The number of migrants to Mumbai
Mumbai
from outside Maharashtra
Maharashtra
during the 1991–2001 decade was 1.12 million, which amounted to 54.8% of the net addition to the population of Mumbai.

The number of households in Mumbai
Mumbai
is forecast to rise from 4.2 million in 2008 to 6.6 million in 2020. The number of households with annual incomes of 2 million rupees will increase from 4% to 10% by 2020, amounting to 660,000 families. The number of households with incomes from 1–2 million rupees is also estimated to increase from 4% to 15% by 2020. According to Report of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) 2016 Mumbai
Mumbai
is the noisiest city in India
India
before Lucknow , Hyderabad
Hyderabad
and Delhi
Delhi
.

ETHNIC GROUPS AND RELIGIONS

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Islam
Islam
  20.65%

Buddhism
Buddhism
  4.85%

Jainism   4.10%

Christianity   3.27%

Others   1.15%

The religious groups represented in Mumbai
Mumbai
as of 2011 include Hindus (65.99%), Muslims
Muslims
(20.65%), Buddhists (4.85%), Jains (4.10%), Christians
Christians
(3.27%), Sikhs (0.58%), with Parsis and Jews
Jews
making up the rest of the population. The linguistic/ethnic demographics are: Maharashtrians (42%), Gujaratis (19%), with the rest hailing from other parts of India.

Native Christians
Christians
include East Indian Catholics , who were converted by the Portuguese during the 16th century, while Goan and Mangalorean Catholics also constitute a significant portion of the Christian community of the city. Jews
Jews
settled in Bombay during the 18th century. The Bene Israeli Jewish community of Bombay, who migrated from the Konkan villages, south of Bombay, are believed to be the descendants of the Jews
Jews
of Israel who were shipwrecked off the Konkan coast, probably in the year 175 BCE, during the reign of the Greek ruler, Antiochus IV Epiphanes . Mumbai
Mumbai
is also home to the largest population of Parsi
Parsi
Zoroastrians in the world, numbering about 60,000 though with a sharply declining population. Parsis migrated to India from Pars (Persia/ Iran
Iran
) following the Muslim conquest of Persia in the seventh century. The oldest Muslim communities in Mumbai
Mumbai
include the Dawoodi Bohras , Ismaili Khojas , and Konkani Muslims
Muslims
.

CULTURE

Main article: Mumbai culture Asiatic Society of Bombay is one of the oldest public libraries in the city.

Mumbai's culture is a blend of traditional festivals, food, music, and theatres. The city offers a cosmopolitan and diverse lifestyle with a variety of food, entertainment, and night life, available in a form and abundance comparable to that in other world capitals. Mumbai's history as a major trading centre has led to a diverse range of cultures, religions, and cuisines coexisting in the city. This unique blend of cultures is due to the migration of people from all over India
India
since the British period.

Mumbai
Mumbai
is the birthplace of Indian cinema Dadasaheb Phalke laid the foundations with silent movies followed by Marathi talkies —and the oldest film broadcast took place in the early 20th century. Mumbai
Mumbai
also has a large number of cinema halls that feature Bollywood, Marathi and Hollywood movies. The Mumbai International Film Festival and the award ceremony of the Filmfare Awards , the oldest and prominent film awards given for Hindi
Hindi
film industry in India, are held in Mumbai. Despite most of the professional theatre groups that formed during the British Raj having disbanded by the 1950s, Mumbai has developed a thriving "theatre movement" tradition in Marathi, Hindi, English, and other regional languages.

Contemporary art is featured in both government-funded art spaces and private commercial galleries. The government-funded institutions include the Jehangir Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Modern Art . Built in 1833, the Asiatic Society of Bombay is one of the oldest public libraries in the city. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly The Prince of Wales Museum) is a renowned museum in South Mumbai which houses rare ancient exhibits of Indian history.

Mumbai
Mumbai
has a zoo named Jijamata Udyaan (formerly Victoria Gardens), which also harbours a garden. The rich literary traditions of the city have been highlighted internationally by Booker Prize winners Salman Rushdie , Aravind Adiga . Marathi literature has been modernised in the works of Mumbai-based authors such as Mohan Apte, Anant Kanekar , and Gangadhar Gadgil , and is promoted through an annual Sahitya Akademi Award , a literary honour bestowed by India's National Academy of Letters . Girgaum Chowpatty
Girgaum Chowpatty
beach. Beaches are a popular tourist attraction in the city.

Mumbai
Mumbai
residents celebrate both Western and Indian festivals . Diwali , Holi
Holi
, Eid , Christmas, Navratri
Navratri
, Good Friday , Dussera , Moharram , Ganesh Chaturthi , Durga Puja
Durga Puja
and Maha Shivratri are some of the popular festivals in the city. The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is an exhibition of a world of arts that encapsulates works of artists in the fields of music, dance, theatre, and films. A week-long annual fair known as Bandra
Bandra
Fair , starting on the following Sunday after 8 September, is celebrated by people of all faiths, to commemorate the Nativity of Mary , mother of Jesus, on 8 September.

The Banganga Festival is a two-day music festival, held annually in the month of January, which is organised by the Maharashtra
Maharashtra
Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) at the historic Banganga Tank in Mumbai. The Elephanta Festival—celebrated every February on the Elephanta Islands —is dedicated to classical Indian dance and music and attracts performers from across the country. Public holidays specific to the city and the state include Maharashtra
Maharashtra
Day on 1 May, to celebrate the formation of Maharashtra
Maharashtra
state on 1 May 1960, and Gudi Padwa which is the New Year's Day for Marathi people .

Beaches are a major tourist attraction in the city. The major beaches in Mumbai
Mumbai
are Girgaum Chowpatty
Girgaum Chowpatty
, Juhu Beach , Dadar
Dadar
Chowpatty, Gorai Beach, Marve Beach , Versova Beach, Madh Beach, Aksa Beach , and Manori Beach. Most of the beaches are unfit for swimming, except Girgaum Chowpatty
Girgaum Chowpatty
and Juhu Beach. Essel World is a theme park and amusement centre situated close to Gorai Beach, and includes Asia's largest theme water park, Water Kingdom. Adlabs Imagica opened in April 2013 is located near the city of Khopoli off the Mumbai-Pune Expressway .

MEDIA

See also: List of Mumbai radio stations _ The Times of India
India
'_s first office is opposite the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus where it was founded.

Mumbai
Mumbai
has numerous newspaper publications, television and radio stations. Marathi dailies enjoy the maximum readership share in the city and the top Marathi language newspapers are _ Maharashtra
Maharashtra
Times _, _Navakaal _, _ Lokmat _, _Loksatta _, _ Mumbai
Mumbai
Chaufer_, _ Saamana _ and _ Sakaal _. Popular Marathi language magazines are _Saptahik Sakaal_, _Grihashobhika_, _Lokrajya_, _Lokprabha_ "> Rajabai Clock Tower at the University of Mumbai

SCHOOLS

Schools in Mumbai
Mumbai
are either "municipal schools" (run by the MCGM ) or private schools (run by trusts or individuals), which in some cases receive financial aid from the government. The schools are affiliated with either of the following boards

* Maharashtra
Maharashtra
State Board (MSBSHSE) * The All- India
India
Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) * The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) * The Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) * The International Baccalaureate (IB) * The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). Marathi or English is the usual language of instruction.

The primary education system of the MCGM is the largest urban primary education system in Asia. The MCGM operates 1,188 primary schools imparting primary education to 485,531 students in eight languages (Marathi, Hindi
Hindi
, Gujarati , Urdu
Urdu
, English, Tamil , Telugu , and Kannada ). The MCGM also imparts secondary education to 55,576 students through its 49 secondary schools.

HIGHER EDUCATION

University of Mumbai

Under the 10+2+3/4 plan , students complete ten years of schooling and then enroll for two years in junior college , where they select one of three streams: arts, commerce, or science. This is followed by either a general degree course in a chosen field of study, or a professional degree course, such as law, engineering and medicine. Most colleges in the city are affiliated with the University of Mumbai , one of the largest universities in the world in terms of the number of graduates.

The University of Mumbai is one of the premier universities in India. It was ranked 41 among the Top 50 Engineering
Engineering
Schools of the world by America's news broadcasting firm _ Business Insider _ in 2012 and was the only university in the list from the five emerging BRICS nations viz Brazil, Russia, India, China
China
and South Africa. Moreover, the University of Mumbai was ranked 5th in the list of best Universities in India
India
by _ India
India
Today _ in 2013 and ranked at 62 in the QS BRICS University rankings for 2013, a ranking of leading universities in the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). Its strongest scores in the QS University Rankings: BRICS are for papers per faculty (8th), employer reputation (20th) and citations per paper (28th). It was ranked 10th among the top Universities of India
India
by QS in 2013. With 7 of the top ten Indian Universities being purely science and technology universities, it was India's 3rd best Multi Disciplinary University in the QS University ranking. Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai
Mumbai
is a premier engineering institute in the country

The Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay) , Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI), University Institute of Chemical Technology which are India's premier engineering and technology schools, and SNDT Women\'s University are the other autonomous universities in Mumbai. Thadomal Shahani Engineering
Engineering
College is the first and the oldest private engineering college affiliated to the federal University of Mumbai and is also pioneered to be the first institute in the city's university to offer undergraduate level courses in Computer Engineering
Engineering
, Information Technology , Biomedical Engineering
Engineering
and Biotechnology . Grant Medical College established in 1845 and Seth G.S. Medical College are the leading medical institutes affiliated with Sir Jamshedjee Jeejeebhoy Group of Hospitals and KEM Hospital respectively. Mumbai
Mumbai
is also home to National Institute of Industrial Engineering
Engineering
(NITIE), Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), S P Jain
Jain
Institute of Management and Research , Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and several other management schools. Government Law College and Sydenham College , respectively the oldest law and commerce colleges in India, are based in Mumbai. The Sir J. J. School of Art is Mumbai's oldest art institution.

Mumbai
Mumbai
is home to two prominent research institutions: the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), and the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC). The BARC operates CIRUS , a 40 MW nuclear research reactor at their facility in Trombay .

SPORTS

Brabourne Stadium , one of the oldest cricket stadiums in the country Built in 1883, Mahalaxmi Racecourse was created out of a marshy land known as Mahalakshmi Flats.

Cricket
Cricket
is more popular than any other sport in the city. Due to a shortage of grounds, various modified versions (generally referred to as gully cricket) are played everywhere. Mumbai
Mumbai
is also home to the Board of Control for Cricket
Cricket
in India
India
(BCCI) and Indian Premier League (IPL). The Mumbai cricket team represents the city in the Ranji Trophy and has won 40 titles, the most by any team. The city is also represented by the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League . The city has two international cricket grounds, the Wankhede Stadium and the Brabourne Stadium . The first cricket test match in India
India
was played in Mumbai
Mumbai
at the Bombay Gymkhana . The biggest cricketing event to be staged in the city so far is the final of the 2011 ICC Cricket
Cricket
World Cup which was played at the Wankhede Stadium. Mumbai
Mumbai
and London are the only two cities to have hosted both a World Cup final and the final of an ICC Champions Trophy which was played at the Brabourne Stadium in 2006 .

Football
Football
is another popular sport in the city, with the FIFA World Cup and the English Premier League being followed widely. In the Indian Super League , Mumbai City FC represents the city; while in the I-League (matches in the city are played at the Cooperage Ground ), the city is represented by two teams: Mumbai FC and Air- India
India
. When the Elite Football
Football
League of India
India
was introduced in August 2011, Mumbai
Mumbai
was noted as one of eight cities to be awarded a team for the inaugural season. Named the Mumbai Gladiators , the team's first season was played in Pune
Pune
in late 2012, and it will be Mumbai's first professional American football franchise . In Hockey , Mumbai
Mumbai
is home to the Mumbai Marines and Mumbai Magicians in the World Series Hockey and Hockey India
India
League respectively. Matches in the city are played at the Mahindra Hockey Stadium .

Rugby is another growing sport in Mumbai
Mumbai
with league matches being held at the Bombay Gymkhana from June to November.

Every February, Mumbai
Mumbai
holds derby races at the Mahalaxmi Racecourse . Mcdowell\'s Derby is also held in February at the Turf Club in Mumbai. In March 2004, the Mumbai
Mumbai
Grand Prix was part of the F1 powerboat world championship , and the Force India
India
F1 team car was unveiled in the city, in 2008. The city is planning to build its own F1 track and various sites in the city were being chalked out, of which the authorities have planned to zero down on Marve- Malad or Panvel- Kalyan
Kalyan
land. If approved, the track will be clubbed with a theme park and will spread over an area of some 160 to 200 ha (400 to 500 acres). In 2004, the annual Mumbai Marathon was established as a part of " The Greatest Race on Earth ". Mumbai
Mumbai
had also played host to the Kingfisher Airlines Tennis Open , an International Series tournament of the ATP World Tour , in 2006 and 2007.

CURRENT REGIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL SPORTS TEAMS FROM MUMBAI

TEAM/CLUB TOURNAMENT/LEAGUE SPORT VENUE ESTABLISHED

Mumbai cricket team Ranji Trophy

Irani Cup

Nissar Trophy

Vijay Hazare Trophy

Syed Musthaq Ali Trophy Cricket
Cricket
Wankhede Stadium

Brabourne Stadium 1930

Maharashtra
Maharashtra
football team Santosh Trophy Football
Football
- 1941

Mumbai FC I-League Football
Football
Cooperage Ground 2007

Mumbai Indians Indian Premier League Cricket
Cricket
Wankhede Stadium

Brabourne Stadium 2008

Mumbai Marines World Series Hockey Field Hockey Mahindra Hockey Stadium 2011

Mumbai Gladiators Elite Football
Football
League of India
India
American Football
Football
- 2012

Mumbai Magicians Hockey India
India
League Field Hockey Mahindra Hockey Stadium 2012

Mumbai City FC Indian Super League Football
Football
Mumbai
Mumbai
Football
Football
Arena 2014

U Mumba
U Mumba
Pro Kabaddi League Kabaddi Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium 2014

Mumbai Tennis Masters Champions Tennis League Tennis
Tennis
Kalina Stadium 2014

Mumbai
Mumbai
Challengers UBA Pro Basketball League Basketball
Basketball
- 2015

FORMER REGIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL SPORTS TEAMS FROM MUMBAI

TEAM/CLUB TOURNAMENT/LEAGUE SPORT VENUE ESTABLISHED CEASED

Mumbai Champs Indian Cricket
Cricket
League Cricket
Cricket
Wankhede Stadium

Brabourne Stadium 2007 2009

SEE ALSO

* Book: Mumbai
Mumbai

* List of tallest buildings in Mumbai * List of tourist attractions in Mumbai * List of twin towns and sister cities in India
India

* Asia portal * Geography portal * India
India
portal * Mumbai
Mumbai
portal * South Asia portal

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