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The Asiatic Society of Mumbai is housed in the magnificent 19th century Town Hall, with a classical Greek temple style facade with 8 Doric columns along the pedimented portico that can be accessed via a flight of 30 steps, which has featured in numerous movies including Dev and Jazbaa. A regency stairway with wrought iron banisters next to the statue of philanthropist Jagannath Shankar Sheth leads to the vestibule. The vestibule and the Durbar Hall are dotted with statues, busts and portraits of scholars and philanthropists who have contributed to the Asiatic Society.

The library has a treasure trove of old books, ancient manuscripts, rare periodicals, maps, painted folios, prints, and over 11,500 antique coins of historical value. One of its highly valued possessions is an original manuscript of Dante's Divine Comedy, of which only two exist in the world. It also houses the manuscript of Shahnama of Firdausi in Persian, a 16th century Sanskrit manuscript of Aranyakaparvan from the Mahabharata, and a 13th century copy of Vasupujyacharita - a Sanskrit text on the life of the Jain Tirthankara Vasupujya. The Sopara relics here are believed to be fragments of the Buddha's begging bowl.



About Asiatic Library

 Fort, Mumbai, MH, India

 022 22611994

Asiatic Library and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
Gateway of India

Gateway of India(1.1 km)
The Gateway of India is an iconic monumental arch on the promenade overlooking the Arabian Sea in South Mumbai.

Nariman Point

Nariman Point(1.4 km)
Located at the other end of Marine Drive, Nariman Point is the business hub of Bombay.

Marine Drive

Marine Drive(3.1 km)
Marine Drive is a lovely promenade along the Arabian Sea, where all of Mumbai goes to get a breath of fresh air, away from the pollution and dirt of the city's cluttered innards.

Flora Fountain

Flora Fountain(0.5 km)
Known as Fountain area, it is a prominent hub for commercial activity of Bombay as all the Major banks are located here.

Cuffe Parade

Cuffe Parade(2.5 km)
Cuffe Parade is one of the high-end areas where the famous World Trade Centre and Unit Trust of India offices are located.

Municipal Corporation Building
Taj Mahal Palace

Taj Mahal Palace(1.2 km)
The Taj Mahal Palace is one of the finest grand old hotels in the world, favored by visiting presidents and premiers since it's opening in 1903.

Jehangir Art Gallery

Jehangir Art Gallery(0.7 km)
The Jehangir Art Gallery is Mumbai's premier art destination, displaying modern and contemporary Indian art, as well as temporary exhibitions from all over the world.

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