Ahmedabad, the former capital of Gujarat, is a treasure trove of historical sites that reflects its rich heritage. Tourists throng in the city to witness the key places of worship, and thus gaining an insight into its rich tradition and culture. It has been the keen interest and skills of the artisans, designers and architects that the city is well known for its architectural splendour.
Religious and archaeological sites reflect the city’s multi-religious forms that blend seamlessly into its modern era. These ancient sites are renowned for their stunning contemporary designs. One of the key charms of the city is the renowned Teen Darwaza situated on the east of the Bhadra Fort.
Founder of the city, Ahmed Shah had built the gateway which stands out to be the longest and oldest gateway of the 600 years old city. It is said that the famed king Jahangir used to traverse around Teen Darwaza to watch the procession from Teen Darwaza to Jama Masjid.
Legends state that once the Goddess of Wealth, Lakshmi was about to leave the city when a watchman named Khawaja Siddique Kotwal at the Teen Darwaza pleaded her not to go without informing the then emperor Ahmed Shah. She was convinced to wait till the guard returned after meeting the King. The watchman went to meet Ahmed Shah but beheaded himself to ensure that the Goddess remains in the city forever.
There is a mausoleum near the Bhadra Fort built in honour of the watchman. A Muslim family has been lighting a lamp in one of the opening of the historical gateway for more than six hundred years now. Flowers and atar are offered at the cavity with the belief that Goddess Laxmi resides there. Another cavity nearby is named after Ahmed Shah.
A temple dedicated to Goddess Laxmi is also established near the Bhadra Fort. Used as an entrance for a long time, Teen Darwaza appears in the logo of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. Intricately carved pillars of the remarkable arched gateways exude admiration.
The term Teen Darwaza means three doors out of which the central one is the tallest and is adorned with the images of lions and Lord Ganesha. Rest two doors are named as Char Darwaza and Wagh Darwaja.
A historical gateway stands splendidly with its three arches that rise to a height of twenty five feet. While the central arch is 17 feet wide the other two adjacent side arches extend to 13 feet. There is an open terrace which was opened in 1877 after being repaired.
Visitors can watch for an important farman inscribed on the gateway by Maratha Governor Chimanji Raghunath in 1812 supporting the equal rights of the women in acquiring the ancestral property. He had appealed both the Hindu and Muslim communities to provide women an equal right in inheriting the ancestral property.
Engraved in devanagari script the inscription read as “Let the daughter get her due share of father’s property without any hitch. So is Lord Vishwanath’s command. If you defy the Hindu will have to answer Mahadev and the Mussalman will have to explain to Allah or Rasool.”
Beautifully decorated semi circular shaped windows of the gateway grab the attention of the visitors with its wonderful mesh work. Window located in the centre of the gateway portrays the tree of life. A striking feature of the gateway is the carving of five palm trees covered with snakes.
Shopping enthusiasts would appreciate visiting Teen Darwaza as there are several shops in the area around the gateway selling a range of amazing articles including Meenakari furniture, beautiful showpieces, embroidered tablecloths and mirror studded wall hangings.
Entry Fees and Visiting timings
Teen Darwaza is open for visiting at 9 AM and closes at 9 PM. There are no entry charges for visiting Teen Darwaza.
Teen Darwaza is situated on the Gandhi road in the dhalgarwad area. Ahmedabad can be reached through rail, road or air. Sardar Vallabhai Patel International airport has several domestic and international flights connecting Ahmedabad to various parts of the country and the world.
Buses run by both private and government operators can be boarded from Paldi or Gita Mandir bus stands. Kalupur Railway station is the main railway station which has several trains linking Ahmedabad to other parts of the country.
Local taxi, bus, cab or auto rickshaws can be boarded from railway station, bus stand or airport to reach Teen Darwaza.Teen Darwaza is located at a distance of 11 km from airport and 3 km from Kalupur Railway station.
Rani no Hajiro, Mangaldas Ni Haveli, Lal Darwaza, Jama Masjid, Bhadra Fort and Sidi Sayed Mosque.