Sunday, August 7, 2011

Mumbai - Dhobi Ghats & Banganga Tank

The Dhobi Ghat is a big, open-air laundromat consisting of rows of open-air concrete wash pens, each fitted with its own flogging stone.

The washers are known as Dhobis & work in the open to wash the clothes from Mumbai's hotels and hospitals.

I have to say that I’ve never seen such white whites as I did here. How do they do it ?? Must be the arm action as they slap the clothes onto the flogging stone !!

The Banganga Tank is the most sacred Hindu site in Mumbai. It is sacred because it contains water from the Ganges River.

It was originally built in 1127 & then rebuilt in 1715.

The legend goes that the water sprang forth when the Hindu god Ram, stopped at this spot five thousand years ago in search of his kidnapped wife Sita. Overcome with fatigue and thirst, Rama asked his brother Lakshmana 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 on a baan (arrow).

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