The Banganga Tank, (also known as Metamuse) is an ancient water tank which is part of the Walkeshwar Temple Complex
in Malabar Hill
area of the city of Mumbai
The Tank was built in the 1127 AD, by Lakshman Prabhu
, a minister in the court of Silhara dynasty
kings of Thane
It was rebuilt in 1715 AD, out of a donation for the Walkeshwar Temple
by Rama Kamath
. The main temple
, has been reconstructed since then and is at present a reinforced concrete structure of recent construction.
Banganga in Mythology
According to local legend, it sprang forth when the Lord Rama
, the exiled hero of the epic Ramayana
, stopped at the spot in search of his kidnapped wife Sita
As the legend goes, overcome with fatigue and thirst, Rama asked his brother Lakshmana
to bring him some water. Laxman instantly shot an arrow into the ground, and water gushed forth from the ground, creating a tributary of the Ganges
, which flows over a thousand miles away, hence its name, Banganga, the ''Ganga'' created by a ''baan'' (arrow).
The Banganga also houses the 'Shri Kashi Math' and 'Shri Kaivalya or Kavale Math
' of the Goud Saraswat Brahmin
s at its banks and samadhis of their various past heads of the Math
The area also has a Hindu cremation ground which after 2003, received a makeover to house a gas crematorium.
The area still has an old Hindu cemetery consisting of samadhi
shrines of various Advaita
gurus, such as Sri Siddarameshwar Maharaj
(1888–1936) and his disciple, Sri Ranjit Maharaj (1913–2000).Journey to Banganga, Trilok Gurtu
The tank today is a rectangular pool structure surrounded by steps on all four sides. At the entrance are two pillars in which ''diyas'' (oil lamps) were lit in ancient times.
The tank, as well as the main Walkeshwar Temple and the Parshuram Temple belong to the Goud Saraswat Temple Trust, which once owned most of the property in the complex. Many Goud Saraswat Brahmin families (Rege, Anaokar, Mulgaonkar, Kenkre, Sakhardande, Sukthankar, Keni, Marudkar, Naik, Wartikar, Warerkar, Bidikar, Bhende, Prabhawalkar, Pagnis) still reside in the Temple Trust buildings in the complex.
The tank is spring-fed, thus its water remains sweet, despite being located only a few dozen meters away from the sea.
Apart from being a cultural hub, the place over the years has provided inspiration to many artists, be it on film or on canvas.
Banganga Tank History
Images of Banganga
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