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 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:
|“||"My dear man, when Urdu Bazar is no more, where is Urdu? By God, Delhi is no more a city, but a camp, a cantonment. No Fort, no city, no bazaars, ..."||”|
- Ghalib, 1797-1869 By Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib, Ghalib, Asad-Allāh Ḫān Mīrzā Ġālib, Ralph Russell, Khurshidul Islam Published by Allen & Unwin, 1969