In Shahjahanabad, the Emperor’s wife (hailing from Fatehpur) built a masjid and therefore it is known as the Fatehpuri Masjid. I could not help but notice that its space looked inwards much like the women’s quarters of Shahjahanabad.
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I imagined the bustle of Chandni Chowk from Lahori Gate to the Fatehpuri Mosque. The shade of green trees would reflect in the Nehr-i-Bahisht (river of paradise). About half-way through, it would pass through a circular pool to reflect moonlight. The section from Lahori Gate to Dariba was known as Urdu Bazaar, catering to needs such as uniforms and items of everyday use of the imperial staff. Towards the Kotwali was a flower-sellers’ market. Adjoining bazaars would sell gold, jewellery and the finest of merchandises.
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