Bhiwandi is the central link to Mumbai from the Northern parts of India through the Mumbai-Agra highway. It is a culturally rich city located on the Konkan coastal lowlands andalso boasts of a rich and interesting history. Here’s a look at9 of the most remarkablehistorical facts of the Manchester of India.
- During the early 20th century, the small town of Bhiwandi was populated mostly by the Maharashtrians and Konkani Muslims.
- The principal occupations of the people at that time were fishing, agriculture and handloom, until it became a textile hub in the 1930’s.
- Merchant trading was quite common in this town during the 16th century and the traders were known as Saudagars.
- Bunder Moholla was a famous port of the town, situated on the banks of the river Kamwadi.
- When the Mughals ruled the country, Bhiwandi was famously known as Islamabad.
- Bhiwandi had a sizeable Muslim population during the Mughal era, and had built the Islamabad Masjid mosque in the city at the same time.
- Electricity in the city was introduced only in the 1930’s.
- Mumbai’s textile industry decline was the contributing factor behind the rise of Bhiwandi as the major textile hub.
- A unschooled man from Uttar Pradesh named Haji Abdus Samad is responsible for turning Bhiwandi into a textile hub.
The next time you visit Bhiwandi, keep in mind these historical facts to experience travelling like a local.