Prabhadevi is a small up-scale district neighbourhood of Mumbai city, situated between the Shivaji Park Residential Zone to the north and Worli to the south and the Arabian Sea to the west. A major landmark is the Siddhivinayak Temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha which attracts hundreds of devotees everyday and is one of the richest temple trusts in India.
History And Location:
The oldest part of this locality houses a temple of Prabhavatidevi dedicated to Prabhadevi from which the region takes its name. However, the Prabhadevi Temple has been overshadowed due to the presence of the Siddhivinayak Temple, dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The Siddhivinayak Temple attracts hundreds of pilgrims from all over India, most notably the Bollywood actors. Since the British period in India, Prabhadevi has housed a number of mills, which have been sold to make way for upscale residential sky scrapers. Due to its proximity with the Arabian Sea and its exact central location in Mumbai and between the commercial South Bombay and the suburbs it houses the most expensive apartment rates in all of South Asia.
In Mumbai, the very mention of Prabhadevi makes one conjure up an image of a posh residential area situated in the heart of the metro with very few problems. The roads are clean and well maintained and there is a clean beach on its western side. But a major factor that works out in Prabhadevi's favour is its proximity. Also, the area boasts of relatively unencroached (read hawker-free) footpaths unlike some of the suburbs where pavements have become a facility of the past. Recent years have seen a surge in property prices in Prabhadevi which has heralded a construction boom catering to high-end residential apartments and skyscrapers. Older residential areas co-exist with shimmering and towering skyscrapers and continue to lend an old-World charm to this area located along the sea-front which makes Prabhadevi a very desirable and liveable locality.
Twin Tower lane, Beach Tower, Lloyds Garden, Raheja Empress, Tanna Residency, El Dorado, Prathamesh Society, Vaibhav Apartments, Tata Peregrine, Chaitanya Towers are some of the well known apartments in Mumbai located in Prabhadevi towards the Arabian sea. These apartments house the most affluent and aristocratic families of Mumbai. Some of the more recent ultra luxurious and ultra expensive developments in Prabhadevi include Sheth Beaumonde Towers, DB Crown, Sumer Trinity Towers, Lodha Grandeur and Raheja Legend, they will now define the skyline of the prominent area in South Central Mumbai. A construction of a 77-storeyed hotel is expected to transform the face of Prabhadevi. Prabhadevi has been known for being one of the most liberal district in Mumbai, it is also considered as the cleanest part of Mumbai.
Prabhadevi does not fall close to any of the major train stations in Mumbai. It however lies equidistant from Elphinstone Road and Dadar train station making it easily accessible to the two major railway lines in Mumbai. Most of the important BEST bus routes pass through Prabhadevi. The Bandra-Worli Sea Link is only a mile away from the Prabhadevi district.