The Banganaga Tank in Mumbai’s Mahabar Hill area. Located in the Walkeshwar Temple Complex, Banganaga is one of the oldest tanks in the city. It is believed that the tank was built in the 12th century during the reign of the Silhara Dynasty of Thane. Though it was first built in 1127, it was rebuilt and renovated in 1718 by Rama Kamath, a businessman and philanthropist who paid for the reconstruction of the temple complex in Walkeshwar.
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Locals believe that the water has mythological importance. Legend has is that Rama and Lakshmanaa, reached this region while wandering through dense forests, looking for Rama’s abducted wife Sita. When Rama, tired of the journey requested Lakshmana to look for water, Lakshmana shot an arrow to the ground and water started streaming out of it.
The tank has since been an important place of worship and prayers, especially during festivals like Diwali and Navratri among others. It is one of the holy places in Mumbai for the Hindu community.
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