, the commercial capital of India, had been witness to numerous illustrious rulers in the distant past. During the period extending from the ninth to the thirteenth century, the region comprising the present day city was ruled by a dynasty called Silhara. During their illustrious rule spread over a few hundred years, they built numerous temples and structures. Some of these structures still exist today, notable among them being the Walkeshwar temple, Ambarnath temple
and Banganga tank.
The reign of the Silhara Dynasty ended in 1343, when the regions in and around Mumbai were captured by the rulers of erstwhile princely states of Gujarat.