Urdu Bazar

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Jama Masjid, Delhi, 1852, seen from Urdu Bazar.

The Urdu Bazar (Urdu: اُردو بازار‎, Hindi: उर्दू बाज़ार, literally military camp market) was a major market in the walled city of Delhi, India that connected the canal in the middle of Chandni Chowk to Jama Masjid. The original market was destroyed in the aftermath of Indian Rebellion of 1857, but its name survives as a location near the Jama Masjid.

The phrase Zaban-e Urdu-e Mualla ("The language of the exalted camp") written in Nasta'liq script.

The Urdu language obtained its name from this market.

Ghalib lamented on the destruction of Delhi in the aftermath of the failure of the 1857 rebellion:

Delhi's first Chief Executive Councillor and noted freedom fighter Padma Shri Mir Mushtaq Ahmad was a resident here prior to and during his term in office and founded the Janata Cooperative Bank in Urdu Bazar in 1956 for the benefit of local businesses and residents. His premises also hosted periodic meetings of nationally reputed poets and intellectuals.

Today, the main book publishing, printing and selling markets of the Pakistani cities of Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi etc. are also known as Urdu Bazaar.

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  1. ^ Ghalib, 1797-1869 By Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib, Ghalib, Asad-Allāh Ḫān Mīrzā Ġālib, Ralph Russell, Khurshidul Islam Published by Allen & Unwin, 1969

URDU BAZAAR in Darbhanga District In BIHAR State of India

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