What is the history and culture of Ahmedabad?
Posted on Dec 19, 2013 by sushma.yadav
Sprawling by the banks of River Sabarmati, Ahmedabad is a city that has seen winds of change washing over it every now and then. Hailed to have been a human inhabited region from as early as the 11th century, Ahmedabad has a rich, mystifying history. Initially named as Ashaval, it came to be called as Karnavati after being conquered by King Karandev I.
Ahmedabad was again swept by winds of change in 1411 after being taken over by Sultan Ahmed Shah. The Mughal culture swept all across the region until this era was ended by Raghunath Rao and Damaji Gaekwad in 1753. Peshwas held the reins of rule for 64 years, before the place was annexed by the British. As the Indian Freedom Movement started stirring the masses, Ahmedabad became the hot seat of non-violent movement. Mahatma Gandhi ensured its prominence all the more by establishing the famous Sabarmati Ashram and the Kochrab Ashram in the city precincts.
Ahmedabad’s name got etched in the chronicles of India’s struggle for freedom with the famous Dandi March in 1930 and the active participation of city dwellers in the 1942 Quit India Movement. The passing of rule from one dynasty to the other lent a mixed, different sort of hue to the culture of this city. Having seen a mix of many religions and dynasties, including the Mughals and Marathas, Ahmedabad is now thriving as a prefect blend of different cultures. While Hindus hit the festive button during the 10 day long Navratra festival, Muslims celebrate the Id without any inhibitions. You’ll find yourself in a bustling pool of many cultures with an object of monumental value at almost every turn.