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Teen Darwaza, Ahmedabad Overview

Located at the eastern end of the Bhadra Fort in Ahmedabad, the Teen Darwaza holds historical significance as it used to bracket the Maidan Shahi palace. The gateway essentially opened into the fort's Royal Square which organised games, processions and events at the time. Besides being the city's longest and oldest gateway, the Teen Darwaza is also featured on the emblem of the AMC (the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation). 

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Teen Darwaza Architecture

With each arch measuring 17 feet in width and 25 feet in height, this exquisitely designed piece of Islamic architecture houses intricately carved artistry on its pillars and arches. Besides carefully woven stone work, the Teen Darwaza also cites window lacework, popularly known as Jaali work from Ahmedabad.

History of Teen Darwaza

Started in 1411, the Teen Darwaza was completed by 1415, under the scrutiny of Ahmed Shah I. The gateway went through quite a significant renovation in 1877, when the terrace roof was removed. The doors of these gates hold a significant inscription regarding feminine equality in ancestral property shares by the Maratha governor, Chimanaji Raghunath in 1812.

The Legend of the Teen Darwaza

It is believed that Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth once visited the Bhadra fort in Ahmedabad. Upon being stopped by the watchman at the gate, the latter further recognised the goddess and pleaded her not to leave until the king obliged.

The next day, the watchman, Khwaja Siddique Kotwal beheaded himself in the presence of the king, thus begging him to keep Lakshmi in the city. Legend has it that this event led to the city's well-being and prosperity. 

It is said that there is a 600-year old burning flame in one of the sections of the Teen Darwaza which has been safeguarded by a Muslim household in reverence to the story of goddess Lakshmi, the protector of the city.

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