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Tower of Silence in Mumbai

Mumbai Monuments and Historic Buildings: Tower of Silence



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Category: Monument and Historic Building
Address: Tower of Silence



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1/21/2009

Tower of Silence

The Tower of Silence or ‘Parsee Bawdi’ is located on the top of Malabar Hills and is spread over an area of 55 acres.

This Tower is a huge circular structure similar to a well and it is a custom amongst Parsee community that after death, the bodies of the Parsee people are sent to this Tower where they are consumed by birds like the eagles and vultures.

The reason for doing so is that the Parsees believe that the dead body should not pollute the air, water or soil by means of cremation and hence such a place is created, which is also called as ‘dakhma’ or ‘dokhma.’

In the 9th century, the Parsi community from Iran came to Mumbai and constructed this structure which consisted of 3 rings out of which first was for male bodies, the second for female bodies and the last one for children.

One can reach here by taxis or BEST buses, however it must be kept in mind that entry is for Parsi community only.

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