Flora Fountain, at the Hutatma Chowk (Martyr's Square), is an ornamentally and exquisitely sculpted architectural heritage monument located at the southern end of the historic Dadabhai Naoroji Road, at the Fort business district in the heart ofSouth Mumbai, Mumbai, India. Flora Fountain, built in 1864, is a fusion of water, architecture and sculpture, and depicts the Roman goddess Flora. It was built at a total cost of Rs. 47,000, or 9000 pounds sterling, a princely sum in those days. It was constructed by the Agri–Horticultural Society of Western India, out of a donation of Rs 20,000 by Cursetjee Fardoonjee Parekh. Designed by R. Norman Shaw, it was sculpted in imported Portland stone by James Forsythe.
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Ripples in the Banganga Tank. It is an ancient water tank which is part of the Walkeshwar Temple Complex inMalabar Hill area of Mumbai in India. It was built in 1127 AD, by Lakshman Prabhu, a minister in the court of Silhara dynasty kings of Thane. The tank was rebuilt in 1715 AD, with a donation for the Walkeshwar Temple by Rama Kamath. According to local legend, it sprang forth when the Hindu god Ram, the exiled hero of the epic Ramayana, stopped at the spot five thousand years ago in search of his kidnapped wife Sita.As the legend goes, overcome with fatigue and thirst, Rama asked his brother Laxman to bring him some water. Laxman instantly shot an arrow into the ground, and water gushed forth from the ground, creating a tributary of the Ganges, which flows over a thousand miles away, hence its name, Banganga, the 'Ganga' created out on a 'Baan' (Arrow).
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On 15Aug (our Independence Day) and 16Aug, The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) started a campaign of beautifying the wall that separates the railway tracks from the road that runs alongside for a distance of almost 3kms between Mahim and Dadar. It was initiated with 'The Wall Project' (to add visual elements of colour, form and texture to a space) - a group of enthusiastic people. The paint,brushes and all other material required for this graffiti bonanza was supplied by the BMC authorities and a free hand was given to one and all who wished to write on the wall. The only caveat was there should not be any religious,political or messages of hatred. It turned out to be a 'beautiful' way to celebrate our Independence Day!
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Sambar and crocodiles relaxing in the same pond at the Mumbai zoo! A rare sight indeed!
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Sambar (also sambur, sambhur, Tamil: Kadaththi maan, Assamese: Xor Pohu), is the common name for several large dark brown and maned Asian deer, particularly for the Indian species (Cervus unicolor), which attains a height of 102 to 160 cm (40 to 63 in) at the shoulder and may weigh as much as 546 kg (1200 pounds), though more typically 162-260 kg (357-574 pounds). The coat is dark brown with chestnut marks on the rump and underparts. The large, rugged antlers are typically rusine, the brow tines being simple and the beams forked at the tip. In some specimens the antlers exceed 101 cm (40 in). Ref Wikipedia
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