In a city as busy as Mumbai, people prefer local trains over other means of transit as trains are fast and convenient when compared to roads that remain relatively busy. Have you tried commuting through a local ever? If yes, you would definitely be accustomed of the background hustle that goes on from one station to another.
While you are busy boarding your compartment and try not to get killed, you forget to realize how unique each station is. Did you know they are almost 130 train stations in Mumbai? All are unique by their own facts and specialties. Here we’ve listed some of the busiest train stations in Mumbai & the way they got their names:
Churchgate station is named after a church gate which was demolished in 1860’s. It was a gate of famous St. Thomas’s church. It’s one of the busiest railway junctions in Mumbai. First train from Churchgate leaves at 04:00am and last train leaves at 01:00am.
Charni gate was named after Charni which means ‘grazing’. It is believed that there were fields of grass for horses and this place is used for grazing.
The word Matunga is taken from Matang, Marathi name of elephant. It is believed that Maharaja Bhimdev stationed his army in this area.
Goregaon is an area of western Mumbai. It is believed that this area was named after politically active Gore community which used to reside in the western area of suburb. Some say that Goregaon was named Gore because it is the highest milk producer from ancient times.
Kurla is named after a local crab species found in abundance in the marshes around the vicinity before it became a station on Central line.
Nalasopara was named after the ancient name Surparaka or Sopara, the oldest port town of India. It is the place where Pandava’s stays during their exile.
Sion station was named ‘Shiv’ earlier but the British people found it difficult to pronounce and named Sion. Sion station is near the largest slum area of India Dharavi.
Kandivali station is functional since 1907. It is believed that this was inspired from Khand, sharp projection of a rock. It was named so after the stone quarries at Kandivali.
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