This blog post was featured in the “Around the Blog” section of the DNA newspaper published on May 7, 2012 (pg.6).
That Mumbai has many hidden treasures is something that is underscored now and then when I experience or unearth something interesting about this city. But Mumbai still manages to surprise me with the sheer variety. For example, when I attended an exhibition at Mumbai University’s Cowasjee Jehangir Convocation Hall at its Fort Campus earlier this year, it was not just the exhibits that caught my eye.
This was my first (and so far only) time that I have visited the Convocation Hall, whose grand interiors are stunning, with elaborate detailing, stained glass windows, teak wooden seats, exquisite grill work, etc. But the the large stained glass window over the entrance to the Hall is probably the grandest and most stunning feature of them all.
Isn’t the window beautiful? I read somewhere (and I can’t remember where) that it is called “The Great Rose” window. But I prefer calling it the Zodiac Window due to the outer stained glass panes, which depict the 12 signs of the zodiac (I apologise for the poor quality of the photograph, but I think you can see the zodiac signs without squinting too hard :-P) The inner panes depict the phases of the moon, the planets, comets and other members of our solar system.
The Convocation Hall and the other buildings in the Fort Campus of the University were designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, who is rumoured to have followed the progress of construction of these buildings in the 1870s without ever having visited the site !
I, however, do not have information on who designed the Zodiac Window and if you do have that information, please do share them with me. And if you do get a chance to have a visit the Convocation Hall, just grab it. It’s worth every dekko ! 🙂
P.S.: Photography is prohibited in the University of Mumbai’s. I was able to take this photograph due to the exhibition, which not only permitted, but also encouraged photography of the exhibits. 🙂
Mumbai Lens is a photographic series which, as the name suggests, is Mumbai-centric and is an attempt to capture the various moods of the city through my camera lens. You can read more posts from this series here.