History in Dombivli

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Discover Dombivili History

Dombivili History occupies an important place in India's historical accounts. Dombivli is located in the Thane District of Mumbai. Incidentally, Dombivli was the first town in India to achieve 100% literacy. However, it is the town's history that has turned it into a perennial hub for tourists.

Early Dombivili History

The earliest recorded documentation about Dombivli is in the form of stone inscriptions dating back to 1075. These inscriptions are attributed to King Harpal Dev. Similarly, many stone inscriptions in fort-like ruins around Dombivli date back to 1396. Dombivli rose to prominence due to its location, being situated close to important ports wherein ships carrying food grains arrived regularly. Like many other towns of western India, Dombivli came under Portuguese regime towards the end of the 18th century. Many of the day-tours arranged in Dombivili are themed around tracing the remnants of the Portuguese occupation.

Tracing Towns' Name in Dombivli History

There are many variations regarding how Dombivli got its name. Most historians believe it was mainly due to the stringent caste system that existed in India during the 14th century. Every community, belonging to a particular caste, occupied a small area. The settlements were eventually referred to by a name that sounded synonymous to the caste. Since 'dombs' was one such sub-caste, it is commonly acknowledged that the presence of these settlers gave the town its present-day name.

Significance of Railways in Dombivli History

The historic Dombivli Railway Station was set up around 1887 - a significant achievement for colonial India that was devoid of a rail system for a long time. Some of the rail routes and carriages used during this period are still displayed in museums across Maharashtra.

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