Dec 23, 2008

Rajabai Tower - Mumbai University

The Rajabai Tower is a clock tower in South Mumbai in the fort campus of University of Mumbai. Modelled on Big Ben, the tower was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott - an English architect.

The tower is named after the mother of Premchand Roychand - a prosperous cotton and bullion trader. Premchand came to Bombay in search of work and became one of the most successful traders there by reaping enormous profits from cotton boom. Premchand donated Rs 200,000 in 1869 to defray its construction costs. The tower was completed in 1878.

Premchand's mother was blind and she was of Jain religion. She had to eat her dinner before sundown. The bells of Rajabai tower helped her know the time.

The tower stands 85m tall and was built in a fusion of Venetian and Gothic styles using locally available Kurla stone which is buff in color. Needless to say, at the time is was erected, it stood as the tallest structure in the city.

The tower is closed to the public, as it was being used on occasions by the University students to commit suicide after receiving disappointing grades.