Manek Chowk (Ahmedabad)

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Manek Chowk
Manekchok.jpg
Street food stalls at night
Addresses within walled city, near Bhadra Fort
Location Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Coordinates 23°1′25″N 72°35′18″E / 23.02361°N 72.58833°E / 23.02361; 72.58833Coordinates: 23°1′25″N 72°35′18″E / 23.02361°N 72.58833°E / 23.02361; 72.58833

Manek Chowk is a prominent city square in Ahmedabad, India. It is surrounded by historical structures. It is a vegetable market in the morning, a bullion market in the noon and the street food market at night.[1]

Etymology[edit]

It is names after saint Maneknath who interrupted and helped Ahmed Shah I built Bhadra Fort in 1411.[2][3]

Legend[edit]

Baba Maneknath is said to have interrupted Ahmed Shah I’s efforts to build the fort. He weave a mat during day while the fort walls were constructed, he then unweave the mat at night, magically crumbling down the walls. When this was discovered, he was invited to prove his powers to Ahmed Shah by putting himself into a kettle. When he did, Ahmed Shah sealed openings of kettle. His memorial temple is situated in Manek chowk and the first bastion of the fort named after him, called Manek Burj, situated at the east end of Ellis Bridge.[1][2][4]

Manek Chowk[edit]

This bustling open square near the center of the city functions as a vegetable market in the morning and a jewellery market in the afternoon, the second biggest in India, at an apparently 3 million rupees of annual turnover. It is most famous, however, for its food stalls that start to emerge around 9:30 in the evening and continue till late night, with various local street snacks.[5][6]

Structures[edit]

Some heritage structures are in vicinity.

Badshah no Hajiro[edit]

This is where the male members of the royal family were buried. Ahmed Shah I, founder of Ahmedabad was buried here. Women are not allowed to enter, and men must wear something to cover their heads before entering. There are also a few minister’s tombs laid out across the road. It lies to the west of Manek Chowk.[1]

Rani no Hajiro[edit]

On the street leading to the Rani no Hajiro (Queen’s tomb), where the female members of the royal family were buried, is now a market for women's clothing, jewellery and accessories. Traditional Garba clothes are also sold here. Many types of mouth freshners, Mukhwas, stalls are nearby. Rani no Hajiro lies to the east of Manek Chowk.[1]

Ahmedabad Stock Exchange Building[edit]

Ahmedabad Stock Exchange heritage building

Ahmedabad Stock Exchange was established in 1894. It is the oldest stock exchange after Bombay Stock Exchange in India. ASE functioned here till 1996 and it is 93 years old heritage building and an example of British architecture.[7][8][9][10]

Mahurat Pol[edit]

It was the first pol (housing cluster) of Ahmedabad. Jains settled here around the 1450s. There are two temples inside pol, Shitalnath Jain temple and Dholeshwar Mahadev temple.[1][10]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Desai, Anjali H., ed. (2007). India Guide Gujarat. India Guide Publications. pp. 93–94. ISBN 9780978951702. 
  2. ^ a b More, Anuj (October 18, 2010). "Baba Maneknath’s kin keep alive 600-yr old tradition". The Indian Express. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Flags changed at city's foundation by Manek Nath baba's descendants". The Times of India. TNN. October 7, 2011. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ Ruturaj Jadav and Mehul Jani (February 26, 2010). "Multi-layered expansion". Ahmedabad Mirror. AM. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Manek Chowk". Government of Gujarat. Tourism Corporation of Gujarat. April 14, 2011. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ Jani, Mehul (April 14, 2011). "Manek Chowk fights off its 'MAHA' Clone". Ahmedabad Mirror. AM. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Old stock exchange building at Manek Chowk to be sold". The Times of India (Ahmedabad). TNN. June 6, 2012. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  8. ^ Dhomse, Himansh (July 7, 2012). "Veterans rue loss of Ahmedabad's Manekchowk building". Daily News and Analysis. DNA. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  9. ^ Soni, Nikunj (February 20, 2011). "Heritage lovers root for Ahmedabad Stock Exchange's Manekchowk building". Daily News and Analysis. DNA. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Ruturaj Jadav and Mehul Jani (February 5, 2010). "Amdavad's First Pol". Ahmedabad Mirror. AM. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 

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