We used to visit Walkeshwar temple complex in the 60s during the Hindu month of Shravan (July-August) and spend some time around Banganga tank. However, after shifting to Borivali, a distance suburb of Mumbai in 1970, we discontinued our annual visits to Walkeshwar. Last week, I got an opportunity to visit Walkeshwar temple complex during December 24-25, to attend some religious functions at Kashi Math, located at the western side of the Banganga Tank. This was my first visit after a gap of 40 years and except the high rise buildings in the vicinity of Banganga and refurbishing of some old buildings on its banks, things have remain more or less the same as witnessed by me in the 60s.
I revisited the place the next day morning laced with my camera and spent almost an hour on the Banganga steps followed by walks on the alleys around the tank. The place reminded me of Varanasi ghat like atmosphere.
Some of the pictures taken during my visit to Banganga have been uploaded here with captions.
The western side of the Banganga Tank. Most of the rituals take place here. The stone steps are also the place for relaxation, drying cloths and during school/college examination time, the place for study in a tranquil atmosphere.
|A visitor feeds the ducks and geese. There are large number of fish in the Tank. Obviously they would not like to compete with ducks for their share of the pie. But when ducks are not there, fish comes in hundreds to get fed.|
|One of the devotees appears to be preparing food from the wheat flour probably offerings to the ancestors.|
|A local man takes a dip in the Banganga tank.|
A line of ducks float in Banganga Tank. A large number of ducks and geese have made the Tank as their home. One can spend many hours sitting here and watching these ducks and geese floating and also the other activities on the banks of the tank.
|A cat gets a prize possession from the steps of Banganga Tank as a duck gives a curious look.|
|Dogs fight over the farsan sprinkled by one of the local guys for crows and pegions.|
One of the narrow alleys surrounding the western side of the Banganga Tank. There are at least three alleys on which I walked and these reminded me of alleys of the Varanasi ghats with more or less the same ambience.
A branch of Kashi Math on the western side of the Banganga Tank. T
|The main gate of Kaivalya Math branch on the northern side of the Banganga Tank.|
|The shikhara of Banganga Walkeshwar temple with its tower of oil lamps in the foreground. The temple is located on the western side of Banganga Tank. There are a dozen temples in the vicinity of Banganga Tank with many more smaller temples.|
|Balaji temple, one of the oldest temples on the northern side of Banganga Tank.|
|An open temple with Shivling and the idol of Shri Ganesh located near the main entrance to Banganga Tank. In the morning, I noticed many women folks doing abhishek ( shower of milk and water on idols).|
|At the north-west side of Banganga Tank is a small Dhobi Ghat ( open washing place for traditional laundry man).The washed cloths are spread over the rocks at the shore of Arabian Sea for quick drying.|
|Washed cloths are hanged in the rows of pen air in the open. The dhobi ghat is located on the north-west side of Banganga Tank.|