In the mid-1990s, Shiv Sena, the Hindu nationalist party in power in Bombay, decided to change the city’s name to Mumbai, a name often used in local languages that derives from Mumba Devi, the patron Hindu goddess of the island’s original residents, the Koli fishermen.
How Did Mumbai get its name?
Etymology. The name Mumbai is derived from Mumbā or Mahā-Ambā—the name of the patron goddess (kuladevata) Mumbadevi of the native Koli community— and ā’ī meaning “mother” in the Marathi language, which is the mother tongue of the Koli people and the official language of Maharashtra.
When did Bombay change name to Mumbai?
Mumbai (Marathi: मुंबई), from Bombay, renamed in 1995.
Does Bombay mean Mumbai?
Bombay is the former name of the city of Mumbai in Maharashtra state of India.
Is Bombay a bay?
Mumbai Harbour (also English; Bombay Harbour or Front Bay, MarathiMumba’ī bandar), is a natural deep-water harbour in the southern portion of the Ulhas River estuary. The narrower, northern part of the estuary is called Thana Creek. The harbour opens to the Arabian Sea to the south.