An Overview of Mumbai

Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay in English, is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra. Along with the neighbouring urban areas, including the cities of Navi Mumbai and Thane, it is one of the most populous urban regions in the world.Mumbai lies on the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbour. As of 2009, Mumbai was named an Alpha world city.

Ever since the Suez Canal opened in 1869, the principal gateway to the Indian Subcontinent has been Mumbai. Many travellers regard time spent here as a rite of passage to be survived rather than savoured. But as the powerhouse of Indian business, industry and trade, and the source of its most seductive media images, the Maharashtrian capital can be a compelling place to kill time. Whether or not you find the experience enjoyable, however, will depend largely on how well you handle the heat, humidity, hassle, traffic fumes, relentless crowds and appalling poverty of India’s most dynamic, Westernized city.

First impressions tend to be dominated by Mumbai’s chronic shortage of space. Crammed onto a narrow spit of land that curls from the swamp-ridden coast into the Arabian Sea, the city has, in less than five hundred years metamorphosed from an aboriginal fishing settlement into a megalopolis of over nineteen million people (source 1, source 2)

Religion in Mumbai

Mumbaikars tend to get busy in their demanding schedules of life, but when it comes to religion, people appear to be highly devout. Religion plays an important role in the lives of people in Mumbai. Like any other part of India, Hinduism is the major religion observed by most of the residents of Bombay. Apart from Hinduism, the other religions followed here are Islam, Jainism, Zoroastrianism and Christianity. Mumbai also has a considerable population of Parsis, who were the first ones to settle here after Koli fisher folks. Temples, churches as well as mosques, make the major places of worship in the city (source).

Would you pray that God would send laborers to this city and country to lift His name high?