Historic city Vasai

"Destination Vasai"

Watch Aerial View of Historical Fort of Vasai 

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Vasai The Land is Discover By Lord  Parshuram before 1,84,1110 years in Treta Yuga, Previously it is known as Shurparak bhumi.
Vasai (Marathi: वसई), historically known as Bassein or Baçaim is a historical village in the city of Mumbai in the Maharashtra state of India.
Vasai, which is not same as Sopara or Shurparak but rather a superset of it, has five rivers. Two of them, namely Vairarini in the North and Ulhas in the South, mark Shurparak’s limits. These rivers form the Vaitarna Creek and the Ulhas or Vasai Creek respectively. Three small rivers named “Pandu Nadi”, “Preta Nadi” and “Gaarudi Nadi” run off the Tungar Hills and meet the sea through the land of Shurparak, forming the Bolinj Creek, Sopara Creek and Vagholi Creek. All of these creeks are now drying off.
Bajipur, the original name of Vasai as it appears in Padma Purana, which was later restored during the rule of the Peshwas (hence Bajipur is often erroneously thought to have been named after Bajirao Peshwa). The Harivansha Purana’s Vishnu Parva Chapter 39, Verse 28, and Chapter 40, Verse 39, mentions “Shurparak” to be a city 500 bows wide and 500 arrows long (Note: Bows and Arrows were the early Hindu Units of Breadth and Length). According to Buddhist monks, in one of his former births, Gautama Buddha was Bodhisat Supparak, that is Bodhisattva of Shurparaka (Sopara). The Yadava Kosha also mentions “Shurparaka” as one of the chief places in Aparanta. The eighth edict of Ashoka shows that Shurparaka was the capital of Aparanta. The name “Vasai” appears on stone inscriptions in the Kanheri Cave writings and as "Vasya" in the Karla Cave inscriptions. 
Vasai is mentioned as “Bussy” in Ain-I-Akbari Ch. II-66, of Abu Fazal. It is called “Baxay” in Barbosa. Finally, after Indian independence, it was renamed as Vasai. Sopara had maritime links which has been attested even by Masudi, Ibn Haukal and Al Beruni between the 9th and the 11th century.
Vasai was the seat of the various political powers namely Guhashayas, Mauryas, Sungas, Satavahanas, Guptas, Shilahaaras, Yadavas, Mughal, Portuguese,Marathas,British, Union of India (Since 1947 called Free India).

Vasai boomed as a seat of knowledge where students and scholars from as far as Europe came to learn and also propagate their philosophy. It was trade center for spices, grains, sugar, and the ship building industry. The salubrious climate and the burgeoning profits saw many wealthy merchants in the Buddhist rule and fidalgosin the Portuguese rule ; blue blooded Portuguese nobles resided here in lavish villas. It later became the town where the Portuguese aristocracy sent their illegitimate sons rather than exhibit their illegitimate offspring.The floor of St Francis Church is paved with the graves of the Portuguese nobility along with their royal insignia.

Vasai has always been the largest contributor of scholars for the Vedic Religion who work in potato farms, Jain-Buddhist sects and priests to the Bombay Archdiocese. This place is a place known for the one of the four famous sarovars, Nirmal Sarovar of Vedic religion (none of the vedas refer to nirmal), called Mahasmashan during times of Lord Parashurama, it was one of the 84 Gacchas of Jains, it was the centre of learning for the Maitreya Buddhist sect, the sacred place with 3 tombs each of 5th, 7th and 38th Jagadguru Shankaracharyas namely Vidyaranya Swami, Padmanabha Tirtha Swami, and Narayan Upendra Swami. The diocese has also contributed India's First Catholic saint St. Gonsalo Garcia.

Vasai has 12 Major communities:
Chambhar, Gawad Bhandari, Saraswats, Palshi, Kudal Deshkars, Panamali (Somavanshi Kshatriya Samaj), Bhandari (Seshavanshi Kshatriya Samaj), Samvedi Brahmans, Sandori Christians,Kupari, Aagri, Koli, Brahmins and East-Indians (Walkars).

This people basically do farming in these areas as there is ample of water available in all seasons.they do farming of Banana, Onion, Brinjals, Tomatoes, White Onions, Spinach, Coriander etc which is of sweet water. Fishing is one Major Business of local Peopls They known As KOLI (Man’s From this Community go to sea to Catch the Fishes & Women’s got Market for Selling.) This area is also Having Large Cultivation of Coconuts. Now as time change the people are moving toward Town ie. Mumbai  and nearby by Job, some people are also get good jobs in abroad, so due to that very less people are in farming now.

The Vasai is Combination of all Spice of Life. The people almost all cast you found in Vasai, and all living together as a one family.

Vasai is a Perfect Tourist Destination where you can find every thing under one Roof.

Vasai have a very old Historic Fort. (For More Datails Please Visit : http://www.maharashtra.gov.in/pdf/gazeetter_reprint/Thane-III/places_Bassein.html)

Celebration of Vasai Vijayotsav Function By Municipal Corporation 
at Vasai Fort 

The Ground is overflow by people of Vasai

Some Trekkers show demonstration of trekking 

A statue of Veer Chimaji Appa 

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