One of the oldest and the longest gateways of the 600-year-old city, Teen Darwaza was completed in 1415 AD by Sultan Ahmed Shah, who founded the city of Ahmedabad. A fine example of Islamic architecture, this intricately carved marvel serves as an entrance to the royal square at Bhadra Fort. It is believed that Mughal emperor Jahangir (Jehangir) used to visit this regal gateway with his wife Nur Jahan to watch a procession that began from here and went up to Jama Masjid. 
The Teen Darwaza is an exquisite structure and the name literally translates into three doors. The central door of the darwaza is the tallest. Teen Darwaza's structural attractions include semi-circular and mesh-work adorned windows, a central window depicting the tree of life and five palm trees covered with snakes. 
Legend has it that Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, was leaving the city when watchman Khawaja Siddique Kotwal requested her not to leave the city till emperor Ahmed Shah was informed about this. She agreed to wait till he returned. Kotwal never returned as he beheaded himself in order to ensure the goddess never left the city and the goddess remained there forever. In honour of this sacrifice, a mausoleum was built near Bhadra Fort. For over 600 years now, a Muslim family has been lighting a lamp in one of the openings of Teen Darwaza. Flowers are also offered here as the residents of the city believe Goddess Lakshmi still resides here. 
On the gateway, visitors can read an important royal notification by Maratha governor, Chimanji Raghunath, supporting equal rights for women in acquiring ancestral property. In fact, Raghunath had forwarded an appeal to both Hindus and Muslims to provide women with equal rights. This heritage citadel is a must visit on one's trip to Ahmedabad.

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