Now the CST building turns red…
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (the erstwhile Victoria Terminus) in Mumbai has been lit up at night. The building was built by the British in 1887 in Anglo-Gothic Italian architectural style.
Also imported from Iran were the three tier crystal chandelier and the Persian carpets for the flooring. The external facade of the mosaic/main door is clad with blue mosaic tiles from Iran featuring an art form widely practiced in Iran. The inner walls are clad with a combination of onyx and granite with inlay of several Surahs from the Divine Quran.
The Mughal Masjid is the centre of Ishna Ashari Shia Muslims in Mumbai. During the ten days of Moharram when Shias mourn the sacrifice of Hussain (A.S.), the Mughal Masjid and its neighbourhood attract huge crowds. It also holds the distinction of a single person – Moulana Mirza Mohammed Athar – addressing the sermons for ten days of Moharram for the last 50-odd years, which is probably a world record.
I was fortunate enough to be allowed to go inside the masjid – so long I stayed only in the courtyard. Here are photos from the courtyard