Cross Maidan stretches out in South Mumbai over a vast land area that measures about 19,000 sq mts. In Hindi 'Maidan' means a playing ground and that surely what the Cross Maidan seems to be. The name 'Cross' owes to the old stone Cross or crucifix that was built when the city was under Portuguese rule in the 16th Century. Today the cross stands on the North end of the Cross Maidan.
Cross Maidan was once a part of an area called Esplanade that consisted
of the Oval Maidan, Azad Maidan, Cooperage Football Ground. Mahatma
Gandhi Road divides Cross Maidan and Azad Maidan. The part of MG Road
adjacent to Cross Maidan is popularly known as Fashion Street. Here you
could have a range of trendy outfits at throwaway prices.
Dry Season is the time when a part of this ground becomes an exciting
playground with cricket in vogue. During Monsoons, however, the
playground is agog with Soccer. Mahindra United Club, a national level
club functions from the Southern end of the Cross Maidan.
Cross Maidan is also a hub of crackling entertainment with traveling
circuses, exhibitions and fairs camping at its extreme Southern end.
There is a lane devoted to the foodies popularly known as khau Galli in
the vicinity of the Cross Maidan. It is the lane fragrant with exotic
aroma of mouth watering dishes and a favorite hunt for the office goers
who get to the lane to board trains at Victoria Terminus and Churchgate.
Cross Maidan has one prominent identity in the form of a Cross standing
at the Northern end of the ground. The Cross is believed to have
miraculous powers to it and devotees flock from all over Mumbai and Goa
during the feast on May 2. Revered equally by both Christians and
Non-Christians exclusive services are held around the Cross, specially
on Good Friday and Maundy Thursday.
There is Bhika Behram Well that lies at the Southern end of Cross
Maidan. A perennial source of sweet water untouched by the salty water
of Arabian Sea, the well was built by Bhika Behram in 1725. The site is
declared heritage structure and is considered sacred by the Parsi
Cross Maidan Mumbai
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|Specialty||The maidan, the cross and Bhika Behram Well|