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A glimpse into the history of Bhiwandi

Created on Tue, 23-02-2016

Textile Industry

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.

  1. During the early 20th century, the small town of Bhiwandi was populated mostly by the Maharashtrians and Konkani Muslims.
  2. The principal occupations of the people at that time were fishing, agriculture and handloom, until it became a textile hub in the 1930’s.
  3. Merchant trading was quite common in this town during the 16th century and the traders were known as Saudagars.
  4. Bunder Moholla was a famous port of the town, situated on the banks of the river Kamwadi.
  5. When the Mughals ruled the country, Bhiwandi was famously known as Islamabad.
  6. Bhiwandi had a sizeable Muslim population during the Mughal era, and had built the Islamabad Masjid mosque in the city at the same time.
  7. Electricity in the city was introduced only in the 1930’s.
  8. Mumbai’s textile industry decline was the contributing factor behind the rise of Bhiwandi as the major textile hub.
  9. 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.


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