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Dahisar is a suburb of Mumbaimarker. It is also the name of a railway station on the Mumbai suburban railway on the Western Railway railway line, situated in Dahisar suburb. Located on the city limits of Mumbaimarker, Dahisar is the last suburb and railway station within the Mumbai Suburban District; past Dahisar lies the city's extended suburbs.

History

The history of Dahisar is probably as old as the ruins of Mandpeshwar caves that lie on the Dahisar - Borivali border. The original residents of Dahisar are the Panchkalshis, Agris, East Indians and Kolis, who still live primarily in the hamlets of Kandarpada and Gaothan and the tribals who lived in the hills surrounding Dahisar - the Warlis and Dublis.

With the construction of the railway line connecting Dahisar to the city of Mumbai over a century ago, came the first lot of migrants, the people from Sindhudurg region of Konkan. These migrants established the first planned residential areas of Dahisar - Maratha Colony in Dahisar East and Mhatre Wadi in the West. The Railway authorities wanted to name the rail head at Dahisar as Mount Poinsur Road, 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(1970) were amongst the first building style residential areas of Dahisar.The 70s saw the setting up of residential areas of Gokul and Shailendra Nagar.

The 80s and 90s 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.

Dahisar was originally a part of Thane District, it became a part of Mumbai in the 1960s.

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 which is now the shanti nagar slum and the Bhoot Bangla which is now a film studio. One of the last movies to be shot in Dahisar was the Amitabh starrer, Suhaag, the climax of the Film was shot on the stairs that led up to Bhav Devi Temple at Dahivali. Most of Old Hindi Films Names, Bandhan, Chandan, Zula, Mahuwa, Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Kachche Dhaage, Shor, Dost, Zazbaat, Shakti, Hatya, Poketmaar, Aanmilo Sajnaa.

Geography

Dahisar 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 was once an idyllic place to live in, with small hillocks, mango orchards, a beautiful river, and numerous lakes and ponds. But as of today, the beautiful 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 & smoother roads. A new flyover has been built near Ashok Van on the Western Express High-Way which aims to ease traffic during the peak hours.

Origins of the City Name

The origin of word Dahisar probably has got something to do with the Ten hamlets which made up this village. "Dahi" stands for Ten in the language of Warlis, Dublis, Kolis and Agris, the original residents of Dahisar. Kandarpada, Navagaon, Ovaripada, Ghartanpada, Ketaki pada,Raval Pada, Dahivali, Anand Nagar, Bhagalipada,Wadary Pada and Gaothan are the ten original hamlets of Dahisar

Prominent Personalities

  • Mr. Abhijeet Pai: Computing professional from Swinburne University, Australia.
  • Dr. Sudhakar Mhaskar: experts in Soaps, foods and edible oils, he was awarded more than five international awards.
  • Dr. Shubha Raul - Mayor of Mumbai, (second person from Dahisar after H.Patil to occupy this post)
  • Leading Hindi Films Art Director Late Mr. Shiraj Shiraji (Mugl-E-Azam Fame)
  • Leading Gujrathi Cartoonist Late Mr. Narad Als Mahendra Trivedi (Janmabhoomi Guj.Eve.News.-ChitraLekha)
  • Leading Journalist Mr. Abhay Mokashi Marathi Shyadri DD
  • Mr. Hareshwar Patil - Ex-Mayor
  • Ujjwala Raut - Famous Model,
  • Rajshri Thakur - Television Star,
  • Aniket Vishwasrao - Marathi Actor,
  • Daya Shanker pandey- film and television actor
  • Rucha gujarathi- television actress


Landmarks

The railway line divides Dahisar into 2 sections, Dahisar (East) and Dahisar (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 Dahisar.

Some other landmarks in Dahisar include Dahisar Fish market,Dahisar Sify (the chai kaa adaa)in East, Dahivali Society on a small hillock with a picturesque garden, Dahisar Govthan, Siddhi Vinayak Mandir, Dahisar Bridge in Dahisar(West), Moviegem Cinema (earlier termed as Rajashree cinema), Tollnaka in Dahisar (East), The Gokulanand Restaurant. A place called Bhakti Complex in link road is a famous meeting and hangout place with places like Cafe Coffee Day nearby in Dahisar(West). There is also a large stretch of land belonging to the Airports Authority of India in Dahisar (East) lying close to the nearby residential area of Anand Nagar and Ketkipada. Rawalpada in Ganesh Nagar.

The main Schools in Dahisar are VPM-Vidya Mandir, Poorna Prajana High School P.P.H.S., Shailendra Education Society, Swami Vivekanand Vidyalaya, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Vidyalaya and Rustomjee International school, Rustomjee Cambridge International school, St. Mary's High School, St.Thomas High School and Shailendra is also the only Degree college in Dahisar which provide degree for Commerce and Arts.l.s vidyalaya , Matruchaya College

Temples

There are many temples in Dahisar. The main temples are Bhatladevi, Bhav Devi Mandir, Gaon Devi Mandir, Vithal Mandir, Sri Datta Mandir, Sri Krishna Mandir, Khodiyar Mandir, Radhakrishan Mandir, Vital-Rukhmai Mandir etc. And Sri Krishna's Haweli (Vaishnava's), Swami Narayan's Mandir, Sri Shantinaath Dada Jain Mandir, Sai Baba Temple (Gaonthan), Sairam Temple Padmavilla Kiran Joshi House. These are main and the most famous temples in Dahisar. Such as shiv mandir near the dahisar river which is besides pathare wadi a place in dahisar

Bhatala Mandir

Bhatala Mandir is one of the oldest temple in Dahisar, located at Bahrucha Road. It is a very famous and well known temple. Bhatala Mandir is temple of goddess Bhatala Devi. The Bhatala Mandir Trust celebrates the Navarati, Ganesh Uatsav, Shiv Ratri, Hanuman Jayanti and other hindu religious festivals. Few years back it was renovated and beautified by the trust.

Shiv Temple

The Shiva Temple is located in Anand Nagar near by NL complex, which is also known as the Mughraneshwar Mahadev Mandir/Temple. Also there is a new Garden for kids and senior citizens to jog around. There is newly posted statue of Shri. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Also there is new construction on Flyover Bridge for passing the vehicles from a link road directly connecting to the National Highway No. 8 near Checknaka.

Football

Cricket is mainly played is Dahisar but there are quite a lot of Football lovers also. Dahisar United Football Club which was started in 2003 by a bunch of football buffs, is one of the leading clubs from Dahisar. With an aim to promote Football in Dahisar the DUFC opened up its doors for each and every football lover and also 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).

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Football in Dahisar, dates way back in the year 1973. 15 football enthusiasts started playing on a small ground near Veer Hanuman Nagar. 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 as 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 couldn’t end the jinx of losing in the final.

Cricket in Dahiar the famous box cricket team known as EKVIRA BOYS the famous player of box cricket in dahisar & Borivali is Thomas Dias

There is an annual box Cricket tournament held in Jolly Maidan near Dahisar Station - East, where teams from different places in Mumbai come to participate.

The same venue is also known for hosting an annual Boxing tournament as well.

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