Teen Darwaza

Historical Monument Teen Darwaza at Ahmedabad

Teen Darwaza is an ancient gateway built in 1415, on the east of Bhadra Fort in Ahmedabad, India. These three Darwazas were constructed by Ahmed Shah I. The work was completed in 1415.

Teen Darwaza
Teen Darwaza in Ahmedabad.

Teen Darwaza (Darwaza means door) consists of three arches which leads to a larger area, which was once the outer courtyard Maidan Shah Palace. The center arch has a width of 17 feet. the outer arches has a width of 13 feet each. It has a height of 25 feet. Once the gateway is crossed, there is a a fountain at the center.

The gateway was a roofed structure earlier. In 1877, repair works to the gateway were undertaken. The roof was removed as part of this work.

Head of the erstwhile Gujarat Sultanate used to hold court hearings on top of this Darwaza, on the terrace.

In 1459, Sultan Mahmud Begada or Mahmud Shah I, the young King of Gujarat Sultanate, aged less than 15 years at that time, marched through this historic gateway with 300 horsemen and a bow in hand. This was when he was confronted by rebel nobles of his own sultanate numbering around 30000. The king ordered the roads leading to the fort to be guarded by elephants and marched slowly along the main street, with Royal band playing music. Even though the juvenile King was trembled at the sight of the rebellion forces, his act of bravery earned him support of many of his subjects. He succeeded in destroying the rebellion leaders and won the attack on his kingdom.

There is a plaque with inscriptions on the arch with details of the decree from Maratha governor, Chimnaji Raghunath. declaring equal right to women in inheriting their ancestral property. The inscriptions are in Devnagari script and dated is 10th October 1812. It reads

“Let the daughter get her due share of fathers 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.”

Teen Darwaza area is now houses a market.

How Do I Go to Teen Darwaza?

Teen Darwaza, one of the main places to visit near Ahmedabah, is situated at the heart of the city of Ahmedbad.

Ahmedabad Junction railway station with 10 platforms, with station code ADI, is the main station in the city. Ahmedabad MG with station code ADIJ, is another station in the city.

Sabarmati Junction railway station, situated near Sabarmati Ashram, is at around 7 kilometers away. Sabarmati Ashram was the residence of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Great Freedom fighter and father of the nation (India). Sabarmati Ashram is at a distance of 6 kilometers away from the 3 Darwazas. It is one of the main places of interest in Ahmedabad.

Ahmedabad airport is at around 9 kilometers distance from the famous Teen Darwaza arches.

Fort Ruins inside The Largest Tiger Reserve in India – Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve

Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve is The Largest Tiger Reserve in India spread across 5 districts of Andhra Pradesh and Telungana states. The last count in 1989, puts the number of Tigers inside the Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve as 94.

Nagarjuna Sagar Dam inside Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve
Nagarjuna Sagar Dam inside Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve.

Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve is spread across 3,568 square kilometers in the following 5 districts; Nalgonda, Mahbubnagar, Kurnool, Prakasam and Guntur. National Tiger Conservation Authority has declared the Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve as a Project Tiger Reserve in 1983, a project to save Indian’s National animal, the Royal Bengal Tigers. The Tiger reserve was renamed as ‘Rajiv Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary‘ in 1992.

Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve or Nagarjuna tiger reserve as it is called locally, has many historic places. Ruins of the ancient Nagarjuna Viswa Vidyalayam, started by the great Buddhist scholar, Nagarjunacharya of 2nd century, is found inside the Tiger reserve. Fort ruins of Ikshwaku Chandragupta, a third century ruler is also found inside the Tiger reserve. Fort ruins of king Pratap Rudra and other rulers are found on the banks of River Krishna, inside this tiger reserve. Ruins of the wall with a length of 169 kilometers, built during the Kakateeyas is seen here. There are many cave temples and rock shelters in the tiger reserve.

Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, one among the 12 Jyotirlinga temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, is situated at Srisailam, on the banks of the River Krishna. Nagarjuna Sagar Dam and Reservoir is situated inside the Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve, at a distance of 150 kilometers from Hyderabad in the border areas of Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh state and Nalgonda district of Telungana state. Nagarjuna Sagar Reservoir is the second biggest water reservoir in India.

How Do I Go To Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve?

Srisailam is at a distance of around 210 kilometers from Hyderabad, the capital of Telungana state. Srisailam is at a distance of around 180 kilometers from Kurnool Town in Andhra Pradesh state.