Original Khada Parsi Statue post was written on May 21, 2011. Then there were plans to restore the one of Mumbai’s heritage. The monument has now been restored to original glory. The monument is 150 years old. It belongs to Cursetjee Manockjee, a businessman and educationist of Mumbai. The statue is made from cast iron. There are four mermaids at the base of statue which double as fountains also. These have been barricaded to prevent the theft as the pieces of original were taken away. The Times of India published the following picture of restored monument.
That the Parsis are the architects of developing the Bombay is not a overstatement. This community which is known for honesty and great entrepreneurship was encouraged by British to settle in Bombay from Gujarat. They have made an immense contribution to the city. Besides being the entrepreneurs, the Parsis have been great philanthropists and opened many hospitals, educational institutions and bridges for the populace of Bombay.
Although still they are a dominant force in the commerce, their population is dwindling which is matter of concern. There are many statues erected by them in the city in the memory of great persons. But some of them due to their location and increasing crowds and scramble for the whatever space is left unoccupied, some of these monuments are in a ruinous condition. For example, the iconic heritage landmark called “Khada Parsi” at Byculla bridge. If we compare…
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