MUMBAI: Nagpada Junction, once upon a time was populary known as ‘Khada Parsi’ due to the 40 feet tall of a Parsi Seth Khurshedji Manokji aka Manakji Khurshedji Shroff, a former Judge, reformer and Parsi businessman. The monument was commissioned as a memorial by his youngest son Manokji Khurshedji for his father. The statue cost him Rs. 1 lakh then.
The statue was perched on the top of a Corinthian pillar, with sculptures of four mermaids surrounding the base. The statue was made up of cast iron. It also had ornamental four feet lamps, which were stolen in 1970s.
When Nagpada junction became crowded, Khada Parsi or the statue of Seth Khurshedji Manokji Shroff was shifted to a corner of Nagpada junction near Rolex Hotel. This is also declared as a Grade I heritage monument.
However in 1970s, Nagpada Junction got more congested and this statue created disturbance in the smooth flow of traffic. Thus authorities decided to shift this Khada Parsi to a larger junction in Byculla.
Till this statue was present at Nagpada junction, the junction was popularly known as Khada Parsi junction. BEST bus conductors, or taxi drivers or horse driven victorias called this junction as Khada Parsi junction. After this mid-19th century statue was shifted to Byculla Junction, the junction came to be called as Nagpada Junction since.
After shifting the statue to Byculla, this statue almost lost its identity. Byculla junction is never known as Khada Parsi junction like the Nagpada junction, which was identified with this statue for more than 125 years.
Now this statue stands at Byculla flyover bridge junction. It is the only cast iron statue in India, and perhaps only 2nd in the world. BMC conducted restoration work of this statue in 2014 with a budget of nearly Rs.1.06 crores. This Khada Parsi statue is now a symbol of British era of the city and part of its history.