Trust & Foundation

A. H. Wadia Charitable Trust
Temple Bar Building, 3rd floor
70 Dr. V. B. Gandhi Road
Kala Ghoda,
Mumbai – 400023 
Tel: 22673234
Karmayogi: Mr. A. H. Wadia (Trustee)
Mr. Dandiwala (Secretary) 
Note: The trust donates mostly for medical purposes in addition to occasional educational grants to everybody irrespective of their caste, creed, sex and religion. People seeking help from the trust have to apply with their own application. 
Ardeshir B. Dubash Foundation.
6, Rampat Row,
Fort, Mumbai 400 023

Bai Hamabai Framji Cama Charity Trust
C/O S. R. Watcha
Saher Bldg., 51 – B,
Bhulabhai Desai Road,
Mumbai – 400026

Bai Hilla Rustomji Buhariwala Charity Trust
c/o R N Rustomji Co , Srinivas House,
H. Somani Road, Mumbai – 400 001 

Tel: 22071334
Karmayogi: Mr. C. Kapadia (Manager)

Bai Navajbai Shavakshaw Dubash Charity Trust.
Mahanuk Mansion, 
1st Floor,
170 / A Lamington Road,
Grant Road,
Mumbai 400007
Karmayogi: Merzin Dubash

Bat – Sheva De Rothschild Fund for the Advancement of Science and Technology
Bombay House,
Homi Mody Street 
Bombay 400023 

Tel: 2259131
Fax: x
email: x
profile: x
website: x 

Bhikhiben Shirinbai Charitable Trust
Jupiter Bldg
Near President Hotel 
Cuffe Parade
Mumbai – 400005

Byramjee Foundation.
3rd floor, Queens Chmabers
89 M. karve Road,
Mumbai 400020
Karmayogi: K.P. Byramjee


Cawasji Jahangir Charitable Trust
Ready Money Mansion, 4th floor
Veer Nariman Road 
Mumbai – 400023
Tel: 22043095
Karmayogi: Adi Jehangir (Trustee)


Dhanbai Cawasji Sanatorium Trust
C/o Wadia & Gandhi Co., Solicitors
2nd floor N.M Wadia Bldg., Net to Chicago Radio, 
123 M.g. Road, Mumbai 400 001 
Karmayogi: Dhanbai Cawasji (Trustee)
Mr. Daruwala (Manager)
Note: The trust donates to needy students belonging to the Parsi community and aspiring for higher education abroad by way of scholarships. 

Dinshaw Hormusji & Shirinbhai Dinshaw Mody Charitable Trust
83/A, Dr. Annie Beasant Road,
Worli Naka,
Mumbai- 400018
Tel: 24933703


Dinshaw Jameshedji Bahadurji Charities
C/O Mazda Chemicals, 
97, Bhiwandi Hsg. Soc.,
97, August Kranti Marg,
Cumballa Hill Hospital
Mumbai 400 026

Dr M M Gimi Trust
83, Ali Chambers, 3rd floor
Tamarind Lane
Mumbai – 400 001
Karmayogi: Mrs. M.P.shroff (Trustee)

Elavia Trust
C/O Ms. Perin Jehangir
Jupiter Building, 27th Floor,
Cuffe Parade, Mumbai 400 005
Tel: 22184779, 22185822

F.H.D Sethna
C/O Nadir Modi, Modi Lodge,
Central Bank Bldg., Gamdevi
Mumbai

Framji Pestonji Divecha Charity Trust
c/o Rear Admiral H D Kapadia (Managing Trustee),
161 Silver Arch,
66 Nepean Sea Road, Mumbai – 400 006

Freny Shiawa Mistry Education Trust
c/o Mrs Banoo Mistry, ‘Moonlight’, 1st floor,
Maharishi Karve Road, Mumbai – 400 001

Homai Dorabji Choksi Trust
B-1, Eden Hall
Dr. Annie Besant Road
Worli, Mumbai – 400018

Hormasjee D Kapadia Trust Fund
C/O Crawford Bailley,
State Bank Bldg., 4th floor
Bank Street
Mumbai- 400023
Tel:  22663713
Karmayogi: Mrs. D.B. Engineer
Note: The Trust does not invite applications asking for donations or funds.

Kerawala Charity Trust
c/o Dr. A S Irani, 
Kerawala Mansion,
Carnac Road, Mumbai – 400 023


Innominate Parsi Charity 
8 Raja Bahadur Bldg. 2nd flooor
Ambalal Doshi Marg
Mumbai 400 023
Karmyogi: Ms. Mistry (Manager)
Note: The trust give donation to deserving students aspiring for higher education in India. It also donates to people with medical needs and gives a monthly maintenance amount of Rs. 100 – 200/- to poor families enlisted with them. The trust mostly donates to people belonging to Parsi community only. The people seeking help from the trust have to apply on their own.

Iranian Zoroastrian Anjuman
Kermani Bldg., 2nd Floor, P.M Road
Mumbai 400 001
Tel: 22040401
Karmayogi: Mr. Aflatoon Khodadad Shokari (Trustee) 
Mr. Pervez Shapur Irani (Trustee)
Mr. Mehrwan Homi Irani (Trustee)
Note: the Trust extends its help to needy members of Zoroastrian community residing in Mumbai, in the following areas:
• Education Aid- Education and training of children and scholarship for higher education; foreign study scholarship.
• Medical Aids- For the purpose of medicine and hospital fees.
• Relief of poverty- Poor members of the community for maintenance and Institutions.
The trust had also donated to Parsi Punchayet Mumbai, Garib jarthosti Rehthan Fund and few other institutions like- The B.D. Petit Parsi General Hospital, The Zoroastrian Student Teacher Association etc.

J A Wadia Charitable Trust
89 Nepean Sea Road,
Mumbai – 400 006

Jagruti Trust
c/o Mr A S Bhatena, Chairman, 6 A Boat Club Road,
Pune – 411 001

Jamshed And Shirin Guzdar Trust
Ground floor, Neville House, 
Currimbhoy Road, Ballard Estate
Mumbai 400 001
Tel: 22613414/15
Karmayogi: Mr. J.N. Guzdar (Chairman and Trustee) 
Note: The trust gives donations and funds to both individuals and NGOs in the area of education and medical.  

Jeejeebhoy Charities
2nd Floor, Ballard house,
Adi Marzaban Path, Ballard Estate
Mumbai – 400038 
Tel: 22618446 
Tele fax: 22616189
Karmayogi: Mr. Rustam N. Jeejeebhoy (Trustee)
                  Mr. M.B. Vakharia (Trustee) 
Note: The trust gives donations on individual basis mostly to Parsis, who are financially weak. 

Jeejeebhoy Dadabhoy Charity Trust
Jeejeebhoy Dadabhoy Agiary,
Pilot Bunder Road,
Colaba, Mumbai – 400005


Katgara Fund

C/O Jeena & Co
Elephinstone Bldg., 1st floor
10, Veer Nariman Rd., Hornimon Circle
Fort, Mumbai- 400001
Tel:  22042032
Karmayogi: Mr. H.M. Khajotia (Manager)
Note:  The Trust donates for all kind of public charitable activities like- education, mid-day meal programmes, medical purposes, removal of poverty etc. it has funded various organizations and hospitals working on these areas like- CRY, Parsi General Hospital etc. It funds 30 or more number of organizations (approx) every year (depending on the availability of funds and income of the trust).

Lotus Trust
Lotus Bldg, 
Near Liberty Cinema,
New Marine Lines, 
Mumbai – 400 020
Tel: 22034279 / 22014523
Note:   Do not invite applications and visitors.


Mancherji Edulji Joshi Memorial Trust
Jesia Bldg., 
Jame Jamshed Road
Parsi Colony
Mumbai 400 014
Karmayogi: Mithoo Jesia

Maneckji And Shirinbai Neterwalla Foundation 
Dai – Ichi Karkaria Pvt. Ltd
Liberty Bldg., Near
Liberty Cinema
Sir Vithaldas Thakersey Marg
Mumbai 400 014
Tel: 22017130 
Note:   Do not invite applications and visitors. 


Marshall Charitable Foundation
c/o J.N. Marshall Engg. Pvt. Ltd.
Apeejay Chambers, Ground Floor (behind New Excelsior Theatre) 
5 Wallace Street, 
Fort, Mumbai – 400 001
Tel: 56337425/26
The trust donates for medical reasons, educational scholarships and poverty alleviation programmes to the deserving people irrespective of caste, creed, sex etc.

Mehran Edulji Billimoria Charity Trust 
c/o BE Billimoria & Co, 
Wankhede Stadium, North Stand, 
‘D’ Road, Churchgate, Mumbai – 400 020


Merwanji D.M. Jeejeebhoy Charity Trust
Neville House,

Graham Road


Ballard Estate
Mumbai 400 001
Tel: 22613414 

Minoo & Aloo Polson Charity Trust
C-1 Hermes House, 3rd Floor
Mama Parmanand Marg
(Opera House)
Mumbai 400004
Tel: 23685104
Category: Support


N. M. Petit Charity Fund
UCO Bank Bldg.
355 / 359 D. N. Road, Fort 
Mumbai – 400001 

N.M. Wadia Charities 
N M Wadia Bldg, First floor
123 MG Road, 
Fort, Mumbai – 400 001
Tel: 22674271
Note: The trust is a Public Charitable Trust. It gives donations to deserving individuals as well as organizations irrespective of caste, creed, sex, religion etc. for the following areas/purpose:
• Medication
• Education
• Poverty alleviation
Do not invite applications asking for donations and visitors.

Nanabhoy Jeejeebhoy Charity Trust 
Ballard House, 2nd Floor
Adi Marzaban Path
Fort, Mumbai – 400001 
Tel: 22618446  
Tele fax: 22616189
Karmayogi: Mr. Rustam N. Jeejeebhoy (Trustee)
                   Mr. M.B. Vakharia (Trustee) 
Note: The trust donates to and for the following purposes- 
·         Medical reasons- for major operations or treatment e.g. heart operations, those suffering from cancer. But such donations are not given on individual basis. It is given to Cancer Aids Association of Mumbai, which then disburse the funds among deserving patients.
·         Educational purposes- provides scholarships to medical students residing in Mumbai for pursuing higher studies in
India . 
·         Financial relief- donates on individual basis to people belonging to Parsi community, who are financially weak. 
The trust donates approximately 5-6 lakh rupees every year to people residing in Mumbai only. The maximum limit of an individual donation amounts to Rs. 20,000. The trustees take decision regarding the amount of donation etc. The people seeking donations have to fill an application form prior to further proceedings. 

Netarwala Foundation

Liberty Bldg, New Marine Lines,
Mumbai – 400 020 
Note:   Do not invite applications and visitors. 

Ness Wadia Foundation
Nevielle House
Graham Road
Ballard Estate
Mumbai 400038
Tel: 22618071
Karmayogi: Mr. Nusli Wadia (Trustee) / Mr. Darowala 
Note:  Do not invite applications for donations or visitors.

Neville Wadia Charity Trust
Neville House, 4th floor
Ballard Estate, 
Mumbai – 400 001
Karmayogi: Ms. P.E. Siganporia
Note: Do not invite applications for donations or visitors.

P E Polson Charity Trust
Minoo & Aloo Polson Charity Trust
Hermes House, 
M Parmanand Marg,
Opera House, Mumbai – 400 004
Tel.: 2368 5104
Karmayogis: 
MR. DINSHAW KAIKI TAMBOLY 
MR. KERSI SORABJI POWVALLA 
MRS. ALOO MINOO POLSON 
MR. JEHANGIR RUSTAMJI GAGRAT 
MR. NOSHIR HOMI DADRAWALA 
MISS. DHUN PHIROZE PANTHAKI 
Notes: Also see www.helpyourngo.com/comp_info.asp?h_CodeScrip=189 


Pallonji Shapurjee Charitable Trust
Pallonji Centre
Near Radio Club
Colaba, Mumbai 400038

Bombay Parsi Punchayet
209, Dr. Dadabhai Naoroji Road,
Fort, Mumbai-400001
Tel:  2262 7421-22-23
       2262 6292, 2270 2755 2264 1702
Fax:  2263 0010
Website:  www.parsipunchayet.org
E-mail:  ppbombay@vsnl.net
Karmayogi:  Mr. Behram T. Dastur (Chief Executive Officer)
Note: The Trust has seven trustees on its Board. The chairman of the trust at present is Mr. M.R. Shroff. The trust donates and funds activities related to welfare of Parsi community, which are as follows-

  • Educational grants and loans (repayable- at 0% rate of interest) mostly to Parsi students for school based education as well as higher studies.
  • Merit Rating Scheme- giving housing facilities, mostly on rental basis.
  • Funds Parekh Dharamshala For Elderly People, located in Kharegat Colony, Hughes Road.
  • Provides medical facilities to the deserving and needy, e.g. major operations (for heart, lungs etc.) or treatments.
  • Fertility Clinic
  • Poly clinic at Gamadia Colony
  • Lady Hirabai Cowasjee Jehangir Health Centres, Day clinics etc.

Pestonji F Davar Charitable Trust
C/O Bombay Parsi Panchayat Office,
Sir J.J School Bldg.,
209, D.N Road, Mumbai 400 001
Tel: 22617421 

Pirojsha Godrej Foundation
Pirojshanagar, Eastern Express Highway, 
Vikhroli(E), Mumbai 400079
Tel : 25188010 / 20 / 30 
Fax : 25188065 
Website: www.godrejindia.com

R A Dubash Charities
Ador House, 3rd Floor
6 K Dubash Marg, 
Near Jehangir Art Gallery, 
Mumbai – 400 023
Note: The trust gives donations to deserving people irrespective of caste, creed, sex and religion for the following pruposes:
• Relief to poor
• Medical relief
• Educational aid
People seeking help from the trust are required to fill an application form, which can be collected from the office of the trust for free. The amount of donations may vary as per individual needs.

R D Sethna Scholarship Fund
Esplanade House, Opp. Bombay Gymkhana,
29, Hazarimal Somani marg,
Mumbai 400 001
Tel: 22070764
Karmayogi- Mr. F.J. Antia (Chief Executive Officer)
Note: The trust has five members on its Board. It is an educational trust and awards Scholarship loans to all students irrespective of caste and creed. It provides repayable loan (at nominal rate of interest of 2%) to students with first class educational career aspiring for higher studies (post graduation level) outside India and also for Post SSC education in India. Following are the few things required by the Trust-

  • A Bombay guarantor
  • The student has to assign to a Life Insurance Policy of an amount equal to that of the loan. The Policy will be reassigned back in the name of the student as soon as the loan is repaid and during that period, it will be the student’s obligation to pay regular premium and keep the policy alive.
  • The student applying for the loan needs to an Indian citizen. The amount loan can be repaid back within a time span of 3-4 years after he/she starts working.
    The trust begins with its activity of inviting applications for taking loans from 10th April and accepts duly filled application forms till 31st May of every year. It charges a nominal sum of Rs. 30/- as the cost of the application form.
    The trust gives loans to 50-70 (approx.) students per year.


R. H. PATUCK SCHOLARSHIP FUND

C/O PARSI PANCHAYAT
209, D.N. ROAD
NET TO FAVRE LEUBA BUIDING
MUMBAI – 400 001

Ratanbai & Hormusji K. Bhabha Charities
‘Sea Foam’ 1st Floor
49, Cuffe Parade
Mumbai – 400005
Karmayogi: Mr. C. H. Bhabha

Ratanbai & Jehangir Pardiwalla Charitable Trust
Post Box No. 6955,
Mumbai 400 027
Note: Scholarships/educational assistance provided is available for Parsi/Irani Zoroastrian Students only

S R Bomanji Trust
60, Jatia Chambers, 1st floor
Dr VB Gandhi Marg, Forbes Street,
Near Rhythm House 
Mumbai – 400 023
Tel: 22674489
karmayogi: Mrs. Peroza Patel (trustee)
Note: The trust provides donations to Parsi individuals for medical and educational purposes. The maximum amount of donations for medical reasons is Rs.200; for education in mumbai- Rs. 300-350; and for education abroad is Rs. 1500. The people seeking help from the trust can approach it with an application form mentioning about their needs and requirements. 

Sir Ness Wadia Foundation
Neville House,
J. N. Herdia Marg,
Bellard Estate,
Mumbai – 400038

Sir Hormazji Modi Trust Of Hongkong
c/o Mrs Nani N Palkhiwala,
Commonwealth Building, 6th Floor, 
Opp. Air India Bldg.,
Backbay Reclamation
Mumbai 400 021
Tel: 22021184

Bai Freni & Seth Fali Meherji Variava Charitable Trust
c/o Blaze Tours & Travels Pvt. Ltd.
Lalji Naranji Memorial Bldg, 3rd floor, 
Opp. Churchgate Station, 
Mumbai – 400 020

Contact person: Mrs. Siloo Variava

Tel: 22040169 / 22020233

email: blaze@bom5.vsnl.net.in

Notes: Help for medical only


Seth Mancherji Pallonji Contractor Funds
c/o Mr Ratan Surveyor, 
Baliwala Homi & Co, 
365 D.N. Road, 
Mumbai – 400 001
Tel: 22871762/22874916
karmayogi: Ratan Surveyor (Trustee)

Seth Sorabji & Coomibai Mistry Trust
‘Ahura’, 84 Sion (West),
Mumbai – 400 022

SETHNA MEMORIAL TRUST
ORICAN HOUSE, 7TH FLOOR
K. DUBASH MARG, NEAR RHYTHM HOUSE
IN CHETNA RESTAURANT LANE
FORT, MUMBAI – 400 023


Shapoorji Burjorji Bharucha Trust

Mulla & Mulla House,

51 M.G Road


Mumbai 400 001 
Note: The office of the trust could not be located at the above mentioned address. 

Shapoorjee Pallonjee Trust
S.P Centre, Near Fariyas Hotel
Minoo Desai Roa, Colaba
Mumbai 400 005
Tel: 22871040

Shirinbai Sorabji Kharas Charitable Trust
Mrs. Bhikoo Kharas
303/4, Jupiter Apartments,
Cuffe Parade,
Mumbai – 400005

Objectives:
– To open Hospitals and arrange Education for Common Men/Women.
– To give Financial help
– To manage Libraries and Reading Rooms.
– To assist and suport helpless persons during an emergency.
– To help those crippled or those otherwise in pain.

Sir D M Petit Charity Trust
UCO Bank Bldg., 4th floor
359 D. N. Road, Fort 
Mumbai – 400001 
Note:
The Trust does not invite applications asking for donations or funds.

Sohrabji Behramji Bhabha Charities
49, Cuffe Parade, 
Near Pallonji Mansion,
Coloba
Mumbai 400 005
Tel: 22151355

Sorabhji Behramji Bhabha Trust
ASF Patel Charity Fund
Room No. 12 B, First floor 
Yusuf Bldg, 
MG Road, Mumbai – 400 001
Tel: 22042175
Karmayogi: Mr. Karbhari (Manager)

Sorabji Titina Charity Trust
Framroze Chinoy,
11/2, Rustom Baug,
Victoria Road,
Mumbai – 400027

The World Zoroastrian Organisation (WZO) 
Shanti, 5th Floor, 6 Banaji Street
Mumbai 400 001
Tel: 22813718
Karmayogi: Mr. Tamboly
Note: The trust donates only to people belonging to Zoroastrian community and mostly on medical grounds. People seeking help have to apply with their own application


Addresses not available:
Allo & Minocher Dinshaw Trust
Cowasji Pallonji Kavarana Charity Trust
D. N. E. Dinshaw Trust
Dinshaw Hormusji Mody Charitable Trust
Edulji Albless Trust
Kuvarbai Pajnigara Education Trust
Manekbhai Marzban Trust Fund
Paragaon Charitable Trust
Paymaster Trust

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Nariman Point

Nariman Point

Nariman Point

Mumbai's tallest buildings are located at Nariman Point

Mumbai’s tallest buildings are located at Nariman Point

Nariman Point is Mumbai‘s premier business district. It was named after Khursheed Framji Nariman, a Parsi visionary. The area is situated on land reclaimed from the sea. It had the distinction of having the highest commercial real estate rental space in the world in 1995 at $175 per square foot ($1880/m²)! The area is situated on the extreme southern tip of Marine Drive. It houses some of India‘s premier business headquarters.

Commercial establishments

History

Prior to 1940, the area was part of the sea. A popular leader of the Congress, Khurshid Nariman (also titled as Veer Nariman), a Bombay Municipal Corporation corporator, proposed to reclaim the area from the sea near Churchgate. To accomplish this task, debris from various parts of the city was dumped here to fill in the shallows. Reinforced concrete cement was used, of which the imported steel used was obtained from the black market at a higher price due to the World War II. This led to a furore and Nariman was sacked. The entire cost was estimated to be Rs. 3 lakhs or Rs. 300,000 (now Rs. 10 crores or $100,000,000) Additional reclamations were carried out in the 1970s. A construction boom in that decade saw this region spurting many commercial high-rises.

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Night schools in Mumbai

Name Of 51 Night Schools in Mumbai — courtesy: Akanksha 

THE KANARA VIDYADAINI NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL MUMBAI-01

THE YOUNG MEN’S NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL FORT MUMBAI

SIDDHARTH NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL FORT MUMBAI

MUMBAI FORT NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL FORT MUMBAI

ST XAVIER’S NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL DHOBI TALAO MUMBAI

MUKUNDRAO AMBEDKAR NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL COLABA MUMBAI

MODEL NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL DONGRI MUMBAI

D C EDU LEAGUE’S NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL MUMBAI-02

SEVAK HIND NIGHT SCHOOL KALBADEVI RD MUMBAI

BRADLEY NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL V P ROAD GIRGAUM MUMBAI

MODERN NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL MUMBAI CENTRAL MUMBAI

MAHALAXMI HINDI NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL B D MARG,MUMBAI

POPULAR NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL THAKURDWAR MUMBAI

THE W E S L NIGHT H S NO 1 NEW NAGPADA MUMBAI

R P CONVENT NIGHT SCHOOL BYCULLA MUMBAI

PEOPLE’S ENGLISH NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL BUCULLA MUMBAI

V S M BYCULLA NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL BYCULLA MUMBAI

PATANWALA NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL BYCULLA MUMBAI

NAZIR NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL CROSS RD SEWRI MUMBAI-15

AHILYA NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL KALACHOWKI MUMBAI 33

NEW SHIVAJI NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL KALACHOWKI MUMBAI 33

SOCIAL SERVICE LEAGUE S NIGHT SCHOOL PAREL MUMBAI

K M S PAREL NIGHT H SCL DR BORGES RD PAREL MUMBAI

G E SOCY PAREL NIGHT H SCL PAREL MUMBAI 12

SHIVAJI NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL PAREL MUMBAI 12

THE MILIND NIGHT H SCL BATALIWALA RD PAREL MUMBAI

K P NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL DR BATLIWALA RD PAREL MUMBAI

NAVHIND NIGHT VIDYALAYA DADAR,MUMBAI-14

SOCIAL GROUP URDU NIGHT H SCHOOL, ANTOP HILL, MUMBAI

LATE B R NANAVARE NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL WADALA,MUMBAI

MATUNGA HINDI NIGHT H SCL BHIMANI ST MATUNGA MUMBAI

B V M HINDI NIGHT H S MATUNGA MUMBAI 19

MODEL ENGLISH NIGHT H S KING CIRCLE MATUNGA MUMBAI

AMAR SHAHEED HINDI NIGHT HIGH SCH. HILL RD,MUMBAI

UNIVERSAL NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL, DHARAVI MAHIM, MUMBAI

ST MICHAEL’S NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL L J RD MAHIM MUMBAI

MAHIM SOCIAL WORKERS NIGHT H S, L J RD MAHIM MUMBAI

CANOSSA NIGHT HIGH SCL M CHHOTANI RD MAHIM MUMBAI

SUSWAGATAM NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL M M MARG MAHIM MUMBAI

SARVAJANIK NIGHT H SCL GOKHALE RD DADAR MUMBAI 28

GYANBA VIDYALAYA NIGHT H S SHIVAJIPARK DADAR MUMBAI

HON G K GOKHALE NIGHT SCL GOKHALE RD DADAR MUMBAI

MARATHA MANDIR WORLI NIGHT H SCL,WORLI MUMBAI

DR BABASAHEB AMBEDKAR N HIGH SCHOOL WORLI MUMBAI

UTKARSH NIGHT H SCL B D D CHAWL NO 42 WORLI MUMBAI

UNNATI NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL WORLI MUMBAI-25

JELES AGARKAR NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL WORLI NAKA MUMBAI

SHRI N K NIGHT H S WORLI NAKA MUMBAI 18

SAHAKAR NIGHT H S N M JOSHI RD LOWER PAREL MUMBAI

BHARATI HINDI NIGHT HIGH SCH. JACOB CIRCLE MUMBAI

PRAGATI NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL MUMBAI-11

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Clubs and Gymkhanas

Bandra Gymkahana, 42 St Andrews Road, Bandra(E), Mumbai, 400051 Phone : 6423521

Breach Candy Club, 66 Breach Candy Swimming Bat Bhulabhai Desai Road, Cumballa Hill Nr. Br Mumbai, 400026. Phone : 3674381

Catholic Gymkhana Ltd, 47/A Bldg No.1, Churchgate Nr Tarapo, Mumbai, 400020. Phone : 2813260

Chembur Gymkhana, 16th Road Chembur, Mumbai, 400071. Phone : 5519651

Cricket Club Of India Ltd, Dinshaw Vachha Road, Churchgate Brabourne, Mumbai, 400020. Phone : 2876051

DadarClub, Lokmanya Tilak Vasahat 2n Dadar(E) Mumbai, 400014. Phone : 4150590

Garware Club House, D Road, Churchgate Wankhede, Mumbai, 400020. Phone : 2812723

Golden Swan Country Club, Regency Park, 7th Road, Near Khar Subway, Santacruz-E, Mumbai, 400055. Phone : 6174518

Goregaon Sport Club, 3 Samarpan Adarsh Dugdalaya Lane Off Marave Road M Mumbai, 400064. Phone : 8632474

Hakone GoKarting SportsClub, Cliff Avenue Hiranandani Gardens, I.I.T. Powai, Mumbai, 400076. Phone : 5797373

Hakone Mini Golf Club, Galleia Shoppg Mall Hiranandni Gardens, I.I.T. Powai, Mumbai, 400076. Phone : 5797585

IslamGymkhana , 75/A Netaji Subhash Road, Marine Lines, Mumbai, 400020. Phone : 2813292

JuhuVileParleGymkhanaClub, P U/13 N S Road No 13 Juhu Opp Juhu Bus St, Mumbai, 400049. Phone : 6205973

Khar Gymkhana, 13th Road Khar(W), Mumbai, 400052. Phone : 6494750

Matunga Gymkhana , Lakshmi Napoo Road Matunga(C.R) Mumbai, 400019. Phone : 4143828

National Sports Club Of India, Lala Lajpatrai Marg, Worli Honby Vellard, Mumbai, 400018. Phone : 4938813

Otters Club, Carter Road Bandra(E) Mumbai, 400051. Phone : 6457183

P.J.Hindu Gymkhana, Netaji Subhash Road Marine Lines, Mumbai, 400020. Phone : 2812188

Parsee Gymkhana, Marine Lines Mumbai, 400002. Phone : 2001869

ROYAL PALM GOLF 8427728

ROYAL WESTERN INDIA 3071398

ROYAL BOMBAY 2021880

Santacruz Gymkhana, 11th Road, Santacruz(E) Opp Mun Mumbai, 400029. Phone : 6121731

Sharada Sangeet Vidyalaya, Nand Brahma Mandir Madhusudhan Kelkar Marg, Bandra(E), Mumbai, 400051. Phone : 6422433

The Club, H.M. Surburban Fitness Park, 197 D.N Nagar, Andheri (W), Mumbai 400053, Tel: 66939999, www.theclubmumbai.com U.S. CLUB 2152109

W.I.A.A Club Ltd , Ii Palazzo Ridge Road Malabar Hill Mumbai, 400006. Phone : 2041085

Willingdon Catholic Gymkhana, Church Avenue Santacruz(W) Mumbai, 400054. Phone : 6497531

Wood House Gymkhana Ltd, 182 Maharshi Karve Marg, Nariman Point, Mumbai, 400021. Phone : 2024156

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International Society for Krishna Consciousness

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Founder of ISKCON: A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), also known as ‘the Hare Krishna‘ was founded in 1966 by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. While some classified the sect as a new religious movement, its core philosophy is based on scriptures such as the Bhagavad-Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam, both of which date back thousands of years. The distinctive appearance of the movement and its culture come from the Gaudiya Vaishnavism tradition, which has had adherents in India ever since the late 1400s.

ISKCON was formed to spread the practice of ‘Bhakti Yoga‘ (The Yoga of Devotion); wherein aspirant devotees (Bhaktas) dedicate their thoughts and actions towards pleasing the Supreme Lord, Krishna (seen as nondifferent from God).

Philosophy and history

Srila Prabhupada dancing with devotees at Bhaktivedanta Manor in England

Srila Prabhupada dancing with devotees at Bhaktivedanta Manor in England

Hare Krishna devotees believe that Krishna is the origin of Lord Vishnu. They honor Krishna as the highest form of God, and often refer to him as “the Supreme Personality of Godhead” in writing, which was a phrase coined by Srila Prabhupada in his books on the subject. Devotees consider Radha to be Krishna’s female counterpart, the embodiment of love. An important aspect of their philosophy is the belief that the individual soul is an eternal personal identity which does not ultimately merge into any formless light or void as suggested by the monistic (advaita) schools of Hinduism.

Hare Krishna devotees specifically follow a disciplic line of Gaudiya, or Bengali, Vaisnavas which comes under the general description of Gaudiya Vaishnavism. Gaudiya Vaisnavism has had a continuous following in India, especially West Bengal and Orissa for the past five hundred years. Srila Prabhupada popularized Gaudiya Vaishnava Theology in the Western world through extensive writings and translations, including Bhagavad Gita, Srimad Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana) and Chaitanya Charitamrita and other scriptures. These works are now available in more than sixty languages and serve as the canon of ISKCON. Many of these books are now available online [1]. More about these books, their commentaries and production is here.

The ‘Maha Mantra’

The popular nickname of “Hare Krishnas” for devotees of this movement comes from the mantra that devotees sing aloud or chant quietly on rosary-like beads, called Japa mala. This mantra, known also as the Maha Mantra, contains the names of God ‘Hare‘, ‘Krishna‘ and ‘Rama‘. Devotees believe that the sound vibration created by repeating these names of God gradually induces pure God-consciousness, or “Krishna consciousness.”

The Maha Mantra :

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare

The seven purposes of ISKCON

When Srila Prabhupada first incorporated ISKCON, in 1966, he gave it seven purposes:

  1. To systematically propagate spiritual knowledge to society at large and to educate all peoples in the techniques of spiritual life in order to check the imbalance of values in life and to achieve real unity and peace in the world.
  2. To propagate a consciousness of Krishna, as it is revealed in the Bhagavad-gita and the Srimad-Bhagavatam.
  3. To bring the members of the Society together with each other and nearer to Krishna, the prime entity, thus to develop the idea within the members, and humanity at large, that each soul is part and parcel of the quality of Godhead (Krishna).
  4. To teach and encourage the sankirtana movement, congregational chanting of the holy names of God as revealed in the teachings of Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
  5. To erect for the members, and for society at large, a holy place of transcendental pastimes, dedicated to the personality of Krishna.
  6. To bring the members closer together for the purpose of teaching a simpler and more natural way of life.
  7. With a view towards achieving the aforementioned purposes, to publish and distribute periodicals, magazines, books and other writings.

The four regulative principles

An Iskcon street festival in the 1970's

An Iskcon street festival in the 1970’s

Srila Prabhupada prescribed four regulative principles as the basis of the spiritual life:

  • No eating of meat, fish or eggs
  • No illicit sex
  • No gambling
  • No intoxication (including alcohol, caffeine and tobacco).

Spreading the word

ISKCON is actively evangelistic. Members try to spread Krishna consciousness by, for example, going on the streets to chant the mantra or to sell books written by the sect’s founder. According to the doctrine of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, one does not need to be born in a Hindu family to take up the practice of Vaishnavism. This openness places ISKCON in strong contrast to many other branches of Hinduism, which stress on hereditary lineage and are non-missionary by nature. There are ISKCON communities around the world with schools, restaurants and farms. Many ISKCON temples also have programs (like Food for Life Global) to provide meals for the needy. Also, ISKCON has recently brought the academic study of Krishna into western academia as Krishnology.

ISKCON after Srila Prabhupada’s death

Srila Prabhupada spent much of the last decade of his life setting up the institution of ISKCON. As a charismatic leader, Srila Prabhupada’s personality and management were responsible for much of the growth of ISKCON and the reach of his mission.

Upon Prabhupada’s death on November 14, 1977, eleven of his disciples became initiating gurus for ISKCON. Those chosen were Satsvarupa dasa Goswami [2], Jayapataka Swami [3], Hridayananda Goswami, Tamal Krishna Goswami, Bhavananda Goswami, Hamsaduta Swami, Ramesvara Swami, Harikesa Swami, Bhagavan dasa Adhikari, Kirtanananda Swami, and Jayatirtha dasa Adhikari. Of these eleven, the first three are still actively preaching within ISKCON, as was Tamal Krishna Goswami until his death in a car accident in March 2002.

ISKCON is managed by the Governing Body Commission created by Srila Prabhupada to handle affairs in his absence. The authority and mission of this body has evolved since the time of Prabhupada’s demise in 1977.

Scandal and controversy

ISKCON has been involved in a number of scandals and controversies.

In 1998, an article in ISKCON Communications Journal, the society’s official publication, detailed physical, emotional, and sexual abuse of children at the society’s boarding schools in India and the U.S. during the 1970s and 1980s. The group received praise for its candor but later was sued by 95 people who had attended the schools.

Facing the fiscal drain likely to ensue from this legal action, the ISKCON centers involved declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy. This allowed them to work out a settlement of US$9.5 million, meant to compensate not only the former students who had brought the suit but also any others who had undergone abuse but not sued.[4] About 430 such people responded to newspaper advertisements seeking to identify them. Individual victims are expected to receive between $6,000 and $50,000, depending on the nature and duration of their abuse.

To guard against further abuses, ISKCON has established a child protection office with teams worldwide, meant to screen out actual or potential abusers, educate children and adults on child abuse, and encourage due vigilance.[5] A petition circulating (as of July 2006) among ISKCON members calls for “zero tolerance” for past offenders.[6]

In 1990, US Courts pronounced Kirtanananda Swami, the leader of the ‘New Vrindavan’ religious community (which was expelled from ISKCON for ten years between 1988-1998) [1] guilty on charges of racketeering and conspiracy to murder for his role in the death of two devotees who had threatened his control of the community. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison on the racketeering charge, but was released in June 2004 for health reasons. Another notable case, involving a woman named Robin George and her parents, went all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States. [7]

In response to the need to establish transparency and accountability among its members, ISKCON encouraged the establishment of an ombudsman organization, “ISKCONResolve.[8] The Integrated Conflict Management System (ICMS) also provides facilitators, arbitrators, and conflict analysis experts. The organisation says that ICMS is designed to give all members of ISKCON a voice and to bring the ISKCON leadership to higher levels of transparency and accountability.

Points of philosophical contention

After Srila Prabhupada died, a number of theological controversies arose.

The origin of the soul

Srila Prabhupada explains that the soul falls from the spiritual world to this material world and the supreme objective of the human life is to become Krishna conscious to be able to return “Back to Godhead” (this is also the title of the official ISKCON magazine). However Sarasvata Gaudiya Vaisnavas teach that the soul apparently has never been in the spiritual world. More information is available in the book ‘Our Original Position’ published by GBC Press and the article ‘Where Do the Fallen Souls Fall From?’[9]

The Guru and the Parampara

Passing of knowledge is named Parampara, or disciplic succession. Some Gaudiya Vaisnavas claim that one needs to learn only from Srila Prabhupada and there should be no other gurus. Just before his physical departure, Srila Prabhupada set up a system of initiation employing the use of ritviks (ceremonial priests) who would continue to initiate on his behalf, without the need for his physical involvement (as, during this time, he was unable to travel). Based on Srila Prabhupada’s statements in letters, most agree that it was right that the system stopped upon Prabhupada’s passing. Thus, the proxy-initiation ritvik system was put aside in 1977, on the basis of Prabhupada’s instructions in letters and tapes.

A minority, named ISKCON Revival Movement, say it was a permanent order meant to continue even after Prabhupada died. More information about the proxy-initiation ritvik position is offered in “The Final Order,” the main position paper of the IRM.