Manek Chowk (Ahmedabad)
Street food stalls at night
|Addresses||within walled city, near Bhadra Fort|
|Location||Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India|
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.
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.
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.
Some heritage structures are in vicinity.
Badshah no Hajiro
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.
Rani no Hajiro
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.
Ahmedabad Stock Exchange 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.
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