is the capital of Maharashtra and the gateway to this beguiling
sub-continent. Of the four great cities of India, Mumbai is the most
cosmopolitan, spearheading India's move into the 21st century.
Mumbai is derived from Mumbadevi, the patron goddess of the Koli
fisherfolk, the oldest inhabitants of Mumbai. The name Mumbai, in
its final form, dates back to the 18th century. Mumbai was a cluster
of seven islands called Heptonasia by Ptolemy in 150 A. D. Geologically, Mumbai forms a part
of peninsular India, which is considered to be the oldest part of the country.
unique feature of Mumbai is that mainly the efforts and monetary contributions of its citizens have
built up the city. Having had a
direct hand in guiding the growth of their city, it is no wonder
that the citizens of Mumbai feel a glowing pride for their city and
proudly call it the 'UrbPrima in India'.