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Malabar Hill, Bombay.

Malabar Hill, Bombay.

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: Photo 752/4(5)

Item number: 75245

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Malabar Hill, Bombay from the Macnabb Collection (Col James Henry Erskine Reid): Album of Indian views, c.1880-90. Malabar Hill, the highest point in Bombay, is where the Silhara Kings (r.810-1260) founded the original Walkeshwar Temple. The temple was destroyed by the Portuguese and rebuilt in 1715 by Rama Kamath. By 1860 the temple attracted many people and there were 10 to 20 other temples around it and 50 dharamshalas. Fairs were held near the temple. Mountstuart Elphinstone built the first Bungalow in Malabar Hill during his governorship from 1818 to 1827. After this many more people built houses here and the area became a posh locality, which it still remains. This is a view looking south, with Back Bay at the left.

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