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Chandni Chowk

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Chandni Chowk, the commercial area of the Mughal’s entirely designed with great love and care by Jahanara Begum, Shahjahan’s favorite daughter, has now transformed itself into a colorful shopping area, which is one of the country’s best known wholesale markets. Chandni Chowk or Silver Square is the main street of Old Delhi, congested but colourful shopping bazaar. At its eastern end (towards the Red Fort) is a Digambara (sky-clad) Jain Temple, a Birds hospital, a Shiva temple and the Gurudwara Sis Ganj dedicated to the 9th Sikh Guru Teg Bahadur who was beheaded here by Emperor Aurangzeb. Fatehpuri Masjid, built by one of Shahjahan’s wives, marks the western end. The bazaar is one of the largest and busiest wholesale and retail markets where one can find almost every thing - clothes, fabrics, watches, shoes, books, gems and jewellery so on and so forth.

The street of Chandini Chowk originally stretched from Lahore Gate of Red Fort to Fatehpuri Masjid. Now it has swelled and has engulfed most of the surroundings. In early times it was divided into 5 katras. The Urdu bazaar extended from the Red Jain temple to Dariba. The Phool Mandi stretched from Dariba Kalan to the royal police station called Kotwali. From Kotwali till the present Town Hall, the area was called Ashrafi bazaar. The fourth part was known as Chandini Chowk, which extended from Ashrafi bazaar till the Fatehpuri Masjid. And the fifth part consisted of Jama Masjid and Matia Mahal.

In early days there was an octagonal pool in this part of the street. This pool was a sort of meeting place on full moon nights. The reflection of moon in the pool gave it the name it is known now. The water drained into the canal that ran through the middle of the street. This canal was later refilled at the time of British. Thus the whole street came to be known as Chandini Chowk. The canal was lined with row of banyan, neem and pipal trees on both sides. It was known as Faiz Nahar and brought water from now somewhat extinct lake known as Najafgarh Lake. It provided water to the people of the walled city including the royalty. It was also used to irrigate numerous gardens and parks present in that area.