140-year-old water fountain restored in Masjid alleys

Written By Unknown on Minggu, 08 Maret 2015 | 22.23

MUMBAI: An ornate 140-year-old water fountain and clock tower located in Bhat Bazar, Masjid, was rededicated to the city by CM Devendra Fadnavis Sunday morning.

The fountain had been built by trader philanthropist Kessowji Naik. It has been restored by his native Kutchi Dsaha Oswal Jain Mahajan community at a cost of Rs 30 lakh.

Trust president Nayan Bheda said, "We are proud of Naik who had contributed the largest share of private land to the Bombay Port Trust. He wielded tremendous influence during the Raj era and was awarded the Peace of Justice Award by the British governor."

The trust also runs a 182-year-old Shri Ananthnath Derasar nearby.

This is reportedly the third oldest Jain temple in Mumbai and was built to honour the 14th Tirthankar. Bheda says theirs is a small cluster of 32,000 members worldwide, fewer than even the Parsis.

Apart from Fadnavis, state minister Prakash Mehta and other dignitaries attended Sunday's rededication ceremony. Bheda claimed this was the first time in 50 years that a CM had visited the Masjid area.

Sunday's pictures released by the organisers focussed solely on the celebrities and the trust logo rather than the restored fountain. Merely vignettes were visible in the background.

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