The Regal History of Old Mumbai

Mumbai is known for its regal charm, historical significance, and commercial success. It is the hotbed of some of the largest banks, stock exchanges, fashion industries, and leading businesses including the film industry. But apart from its bustling economic presence, the city of dreams is a feeling worth experiencing! Its urban nightlife encompassing quirky nightclubs, underground music events, drool-worthy street food, and enticing tourist destinations, all contribute to the city’s beauty.

How Bombay Became Mumbai

The term “Mumbai” is an eponym that derived its name from the local Goddess, Mumbadevi.

During the British Raj, Mumbai was known as Bombay. As independence dawned on India, the ruling party of the state, Shiv Sena, demanded a name change. That is when the name Mumbai graced the city.

The Lifestyle & Culture of Bombay

The most popular landmarks of Mumbai were, in history, used as vantage points for the rulers. Gateway of India was previously used as a landing place for British officials. The city’s culture is an intricate blend of music, festivals, cuisines, fine arts, and different languages. Although Mumbai has undergone a modern makeover, the old Bombay lifestyle was always defined by the myriad of festivals and artistic expressions.

Gateway of India
Bandra Sea Link

History of Old Mumbai

Mumbai had been on the radar of several rulers. In 1534, the Portuguese ruled over the city and built several forts and churches. Soon, Britain’s King Charles II got married to the Portuguese princess and the British took over the land and made extensive changes to Mumbai, starting with allotting a new name - Bombay. By the latter quarter of the 19th century, popular buildings of historic significance were established - the Prince of Wales Museum, Elphinstone College and the Cawasji Jehangir Hall, the General Post Office, the Victoria Terminus, the Public Works Department, the Rajabai Tower and Bombay University.

After the much-anticipated independence in 1947, Bombay was split into two states, Maharashtra and Gujarat - based on linguistics. Soon after Shiv Sena came to power, Bombay was changed to Mumbai.

Bombay was a major bed of cotton textiles from Gujarat. By the 19th century, Bombay became a central figure for transiting raw materials like opium and cotton, and a pivotal industrial sector. Large groups of traders, shopkeepers, and bankers flocked to the city, giving rise to an influx of population and habitation.

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