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Ahmedabad district was named after its main centre, Ahmedabad city. According to Mirat-e-Ahmedi, Ahmed shah, laid the foundation stone of Ahemdabad on 27th February, 1411, on the advice of his spiritual guide Saint Sheikh Ahmed Khattu of Sarkhej. The city was founded on the eastern banks of the Sabarmati river, just near the ancient cites of Asawal and karnavati. Currently, Ahmedabad district covers the area between Arbuda hill and Sabarmati river and is a part of Anarta area. The Mention of this district is found even in the ‘Nagar khand’ of the Skandapuran and the sixth ‘Uttar khand’ of the ‘Padmapuran’. In the inscriptions on the ‘Raddaman’ rock of Junagadh, this area is called ‘swabhara’, ie the area around the Sabarmati river. The author of Haafat Ikleem had written in the year 1593 that Ahmedbad is a unique city of India in terms of clean lines and procperity and it is superior to other cities in terms of its beautiful monuments. It would not be an exaggeration to say that there is no other city in this region, ad grand and beautiful as Ahmedabad. Its lanes are broader and better planned as compared to other cities.....

There are two and three strayed shops which are constracted beautifully. The residents, men and women are prity and polite. From the beginning of the Christi on calendar till today Gujaratis have exhibited better business acumen and entrepreneurship as comported to people of other states. Before the 16th century, silk, gold, silver, brocade, embroidery and cotton cloth of Ahmedabad was in demand in all the eastern markets right from Cairo to Peking. During the period of Muzaffor-III there was instability in the Gujarat region and hence the reign of the sultans came to an end. Akbar invaded Gujarat and conquered it in the year 1573. During the Moghul reign, Ahmedabd prospered greatly. The relers who ruled after the death of Aurangzeb were weak. The ‘Subas’of Maghal governors were engaged in battes among themselves and against the Marathas consequently there was a chaotic situation in the county. In the 18th century, during the maratha rule, half of the city was under the control of the Gaekwad. The area under pesewa rule was greater. A representative of the Gaekwad was kept in Ahmedabad. But even the peshwas had appointed their governor for the city. During the 64 year rule of the Marathas, the condition of Ahmedabad kept on deterioration and led to utter chaos. After the battle between the peshwas and the Gaekwad, and at The city of Ahmedabad played on important role in the freedom straggle. After returning from South Africa in 1915, Mahatma Gandhi chose Ahmedabad for his residence and established the Sabarmati Harijan Asharm. From this Asharam he guided the people in the various stages of the freedom straggle. In the year 1930, the famous Dandi March was conducted along with a selected group of Satyagrahis.

Ahmedabad city the heart of Gujarat

One thousand years ago, a prosperous city named ‘Ashapalli’ or ‘Ashaval’ was in existence. The city was named ‘Ashaval’ due to a Bhil king named ‘Asha’. It was a good developing city just like Patan and Khambhat. Ashaval Brahmins with the passage of time, the city gained importance from the commercial as well as strategic military viewpoint Karnadev Solanki, father of Saddhiraj, a king of the Solanki clan.


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