View of Haji Ali & Worli From Mahalaxmi 19C Bombay, 1880 Photo




A rare 1880 photo with a view of Haji Ali and Worli in 19th-century Bombay (Mumbai). The image shows the beach with a rocky outcrop in the foreground, on the left, is Haji Ali Island. The forested hillock shown beyond is probably Worli and a partially visible trail should be part of the Hornby Vellard.

Mahalaxmi is famously known for its temple after which it got its name. It is said to have had a divine link with the protection of the Vellard after it collapsed twice. The greater part of Mahalaxmi in 1877 was said to have been a dismal swamp. Although it also had its cotton mills with tall chimneys apparently in the drier areas. Reclamation would be undertaken in the wetlands also known as mudflats or mud flats or tidal flats. That united the seven islands of Bombay (Mumbai) into a single landmass.

Read more View of the Breach Causeway.

Did you know – Mahalaxmi is today an upscale and vibrant neighbourhood of Mumbai. It is better known for its racecourse.

Past posts – Raja Ravi Varma Paintings Depicted In 3 Postcards., Parliament House New Delhi – Old 1930 Postcard., Bombay Prince of Wales Museum As Hospital, 1917., Opening Of The Madras Railway – Old Print 1856.


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11 x 9 inch

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