How Mumbai got its name…

It looks like a sequel, but you probably wanted to know why I talked about Bombay and not about Mumbai…Well, I honestly did not know the ethymological background of Mumbai yet! At first I assumed that the name “Bombay” was a British corruption of the original “Mumbai”.

Mumbai, a cluster of seven islands, derives its name from Mumbadevi, the patron goddess of the Koli fisher folk, its oldest inhabitants.

So I was told wink

Ok, you want the names of the seven islands as well, right? Colaba, Mazagaon, Old Woman’s Island, Wadala, Mahim, Parel and Matunga-Sion.

The change (back) from Bombay to Mumbai was first proposed as far back as 1982 by the municipal government. However, it was not until 1995 that the change was actually made from Bombay to Mumbai. Of course, a lot of people still name the city Bombay, even Bombayites (or should we call them Mumbaites 😉 )

Enjoy every day,



3 Responses to How Mumbai got its name…

  1. The more i hear about this, the more fascinated i get i have been surfing the web for mumbai related material but haven’t been very successful up until this point, you provided me with info i can actually learn from! i’m currently doing a project on Mumbai at college & i’ve been running into article after article of the same information. i can’t understand why these people do it! if you feel strongly on a subject particularly one as controversial as this, why couldn’t they come up with their own opinions? i commend you for taking that extra step in your “How Mumbai got its name… « BERT VERDONCK, lifehacker & life coach” page.
    Best Regards, Mumbai Voices

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