The Bhika Behram Well is situated in the Fort area of Mumbai at the Southern end of Cross Maidan, near the Central Telegraph Office.
This well has been declared as a Grade 1 heritage structure.
There is a rich history behind the well. A prominent Parsi named Bhikaji Behramji who came from Bharuch dug this freshwater well and it was first opened to travellers in 1725.
This is the oldest sweet water well in Mumbai with an amazing fact that the source is perennial. This is remarkable as most of the water is brackish as it is close to the Arabian Sea.
A pavilion was added in 1950 and conservation of the well has been carefully undertaken without damaging the architectural characteristics of the well.
The Bhika Behram well has much religious significance as many people believe that lighting lamps and praying here fulfils their wishes.
” There are community members who are keeping the faith though, in the power of the well and the Govt. Says Hoshaang Gotla, who has been conducting a prayer every month at the Bhikha Behram Well, “it has been a tradition for 6.5 years,” he explains. “the prayer is held monthly, on a day representing water called, ‘Ava’. The prayer itself is called, ‘Humbandagi’ which literally means praying together and it is held because we believe that the community which prays together, stays together,” says Gotla, who is an executive assistant to the MD of Hiranandani Group.