Gopaldas M. Purecha


Dahisar is a suburb of Mumbai. It is also the name of a railway station on the Mumbai suburban railway on the Western Railway (India) railway line, situated in Dahisar suburb. Located on the city limits of Mumbai, Dahisar is the last suburb and railway station within the Mumbai Suburban District; past Dahisar lies the city's extended suburbs.


The history of Dahisar is probably as old as the ruins of Mandpeshwar caves that lie on the Dahisar - Borivali border. The original residents of Dahisar are the Panchkalshis, Agris, East Indians and Kolis, who still live primarily in the hamlets of Kandarpada and Gaothan and the tribals who lived in the hills surrounding Dahisar - the Warlis and Dublis.

With the construction of the railway line connecting Dahisar to the city of Mumbai over a century ago, came the first lot of migrants, the people from Sindhudurg region of Konkan. These migrants established the first planned residential areas of Dahisar - Maratha Colony in Dahisar East and Mhatre Wadi in the West. The Railway authorities wanted to name the rail head at Dahisar as Mount Poinsur Road, but the locals opposed this move and forced the authorities to name it as Dahisar. Medina Manzil, Patel Colony, Jainab Bagh, Sanjeevani, Gol Building and Mankarnika(1970) were amongst the first building style residential areas of Dahisar. The 70s saw the setting up of residential areas of Gokul and Shailendra Nagar.

The 80s and 90s saw a spurt in the development of residential complexes. Anand Nagar was the first of the very large residential complexes to be built in Dahisar.

Dahisar was originally a part of Thane District, it became a part of Mumbai in the 1960s.

Dahisar was once a popular spot for film shoots. There were numerous idyllic locations for film shoots like, the Dahisar river and the old bridge that now lies in the ruins,the small hillock with its orchards which is now the shanti nagar slum and the Bhoot Bangla which is now a film studio. One of the last movies to be shot in Dahisar was the Amitabh starrer, Suhaag, the climax of the Film was shot on the stairs that led up to Bhav Devi Temple at Dahivali. Most of Old Hindi Films Names, Bandhan, Chandan, Zula, Mahuwa, Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Kachche Dhaage, Shor, Dost, Zazbaat, Shakti, Hatya, Poketmaar, Aanmilo Sajnaa.


Dahisar is bound by the scenic hills of National Park on the eastern side and the inlet of Manori creek and saltpans on the western side. Dahisar was once an idyllic place to live in, with small hillocks, mango orchards, a beautiful river, and numerous lakes and ponds. But as of today, the beautiful river, is now an extremely polluted stream of sewage, the orchards and hills have been obliterated by slums and lakes have now been filled over for building construction. The dense mangroves surrounding the inlet of Gorai creek however still remain and provide Dahisar with its last remaining stretch of wilderness. There was a time just 30 years back, when the marshy area which is now the link road, was full of gigantic boulders, all of which baring a couple have been demolished. Currently Dahisar has undergone a complete transformation, with better pedestrian sidewalks, wider & smoother roads. A new flyover has been built near Ashok Van on the Western Express High-Way which aims to ease traffic during the peak hours.

Origins of the City Name

The origin of word Dahisar probably has got something to do with the Ten hamlets which made up this village. "Dahi" stands for Ten in the language of Warlis, Dublis, Kolis and Agris, the original residents of Dahisar. Kandarpada, Navagaon, Ovaripada, Ghartanpada, Ketaki pada, Raival Pada, Dahivali, Anand Nagar, Bhagalipada,Wadary Pada and Gaothan are the ten original hamlets of Dahisar

Prominent Personalities

  • Dr. Shubha Raul - Mayor of Mumbai, (second person from Dahisar after Hareshwar Patil to occupy this post)
  • Freedom Fighter Late Mr. Kaku Bhai Bhatia Alias [Gopaldas Mavji Virji Purecha Alias Manvendranath Azad] Took part in quit India movement of 1942. Who was Detained For One year & two Months with Mahatma Gandhji - 1942. - Yerawada Jail Pune.Freedom Fighter Gopaldas M.Purecha
  • Freedom Fighter Late Dr. Dattatreya Mahadeo Anagare
  • Leading Hindi Films Art Director Late Mr. Shiraj Shiraji (Mugl-E-Azam Fame)
  • Leading Gujrathi Cartoonist Late Mr. Narad Als Mahendra Trivedi (Janmabhoomi Guj.Eve.News.-ChitraLekha)
  • Leading Journalist Mr. Abhay Mokashi Marathi Shyadri DD
  • Leading Ex. Gujarathi Journalist of Janmabhoomi Pravasi, Gujarat Samachar, Guj. Midday-Mr. Pravin Bhatia. * Dr.Vilankar Shashikant. * Famous Actor Suhas Palshikar (Ankush Fame),
  • Dr.Hansa Mukati. * Dr.ChinuBhai * Bhalchandra Mhatre Corporator * Mr. Vinod Ghosalkar - Politician
  • Late Dr.Madhavrao Nikam
  • Dr.Ravindra Nikam.
  • Dr Ruvit Nikam - Ophthalmologist.
  • Dr Mansi Nikam - Physician.
  • Dr Mondkar.
  • Dr.Varang./Dr.Prabhu./Dr.shenoye.
  • Ujjwala Raut - Famous Model,
  • Rajshri Thakur - Television Star,
  • Aniket Vishwasrao - Marathi Actor,
  • Yuvraj Kadam - Famous Star,
  • Dr. Ashok Mulgaonkar - Leading Gynecologist,
  • Dr. Nagalkar - Leading Surgeon,
  • Mr Gangaram Gavankar - Marathi/Malvani Playwright,
  • Boman Irani - Promoter of Rustomjee, a Real Estate Company,
  • Mr. Laxmikant R. Tulskar - President of Federation of Ashokvan CHS,
  • Miss. Trishna Beltangdi - Television Star,
  • Dr.Ramesh Veera./Dr.Pragna Dhulla.Homoeopath./ * Dr. Tiwaskar - Physician
  • Dr. Shankar Wagle - Physician
  • Dr. Herekar - Ophthalmologist
  • Dr. Worlikar - General Surgeon
  • Dr. Devendra Save - Psychiatrist
  • Dr. Pravin Bhatia - Purecha-Homoeopath,President of Indian Board Of Alternative Medicines-Maharastra.,Dynamic Leading Reiki Grand Master-Holystic Healer Acharya of Siddha Healing Foundations India./World Spiritual Healing Foundation.
  • Gujarati Poet and Writer Mr. Surendra Thacker(Mehul)
  • Gujarati Dairo Fame Singer Mr. Bhanu Vora
  • Amitabh's childhood Roll Fame - Master Raju Bhakti Complex Kander pada.
  • Late Mr. Jivraj Maharaj Oza [Guru Of Well Known Bhagwat Kathakar Bhaishri Ramesh Bhai Oza
  • Mr. Labhshankar Bhai Oza [Well Known Bhagwat Kathakar] All Late Roostumji Irani,Mr. Soli Bhai Irani, G.C. Patel, Bapu Bagwe, Rajaram Tawde, Yashwantrao Tawde, Jayawant Savant, Bhau Parab, Laxman Mhatre, Advocate Varadkar, Bhandarey, Bhatey, Raghunaath Mahatre, Rangnath Keskar, Suhashini Pawaskar, S.N. Dube, Laxmibai Lad, Mr. Desaiji. Als. Waghmare Saheb., Narayan Mahatre, Gawande, Pathare Late Mr. Nonghaa Bharwad.....


The railway line divides Dahisar into 2 sections, Dahisar (East) and Dahisar (West). The residential area of Mhatre Wadi on the western side and Maratha Colony on the eastern side, were the first planned residential areas of Dahisar. The Bhav Devi Temple atop Dahivali hill, The old Vithal Mandir near the river, the Gaon devi temple near the rail underpass and Bhatla Devi Temple near the S.V. Road and the bungalow of then zamindar or Khot of Dahisar, Haji Kasam, known as "Bhoot Bangla", which now houses the Trimurti studio are the original landmarks of Dahisar.

Some other landmarks in Dahisar include Dahisar Fish market, Dahisar Govthan, Siddhi Vinayak Mandir, Dahisar Bridge in Dahisar(West), Moviegem Cinema (earlier termed as Rajashree cinema), Tollnaka in Dahisar (East), The Gokulanand Restaurant. A place called Bhakti Complex in link road is a famous meeting and hangout place with places like Cafe Coffee Day nearby in Dahisar(West). There is also a large stretch of land belonging to the Airports Authority of India in Dahisar (East) lying close to the nearby residential area of Anand Nagar and Ketkipada. Rawalpada in Ganesh Nagar.

The main Schools in Dahisar are St. Louis High School, St. Mary's High School, Shailendra Education Society, VPM-Vidya Mandir, Poorna Prajana High School P.P.H.S., Swami Vivekanand Vidyalaya, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Vidyalaya, Holy Family High School, St Thomas High School and Rustomjee International school,Rustomjee Cambridge International school and Shailendra is also the only Degree college in Dahisar which provide degree for Commerce and Arts.l.s vidyalaya , Matruchaya College


There are many temples in Dahisar. The main temples are Bhatladevi, Bhav Devi Mandir, Gaon Devi Mandir, Vithal Mandir, Sri Datta Mandir, Sri Krishna Mandir, Khodiyar Mandir, Radhakrishan Mandir, Vital-Rukhmai Mandir etc. And Sri Krishna's Haweli (Vaishnava's), Swami Narayan's Mandir,Sri Shantinaath Dada Jain Mandir,Sai Baba Temple (Gaonthan),Sairam Temple Padmavilla Kiran Joshi House. These are main and the most famous temples in Dahisar.

Shiv Temple

The Shiva Temple is located in Anand Nagar near by NL complex, which is also known as the Mughraneshwar Mahadev Mandir/Temple. Also there is a new Garden for kids and senior citizens to jog around. There is newly posted statue of Shri. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Also there new constructions on of Flyover Bridge for passing the vehicles from link road directly connecting to the National Highway No. 8 near Checknaka.


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