Friday, August 27, 2010

Chawri Bazaar

Brass Shop in Chawri Bazaar
Located to the west of Jama Masjid, Chawri Bazar is a famous wholesale market selling specialized products like copper, brass and paper items. This market has an interesting past, according to which it is said that this region was very popular for the charming girls who used to dance during the 19th century. The word ‘Chawri’ has been derived from a Marathi word meaning meting place.

The place was called as Chawri because in the earlier days, a meeting or sabha would take place in front of the house of a noble. The noble would try to settle disputes before it reached the court of the emperor. Thus it used to be the meeting place of all influential persons. Besides there used to be a huge gathering when the beautiful dancers used to show their repertoire in their skills and the crowd used to get enticed by such performances. Thus we can say that this place attracted a large number of crowds and was called Chawri Bazar. However the entire scenario changed after 1857, when the British destroyed the houses of various nobles.

At present Chawri Bazaar is a very busy market with toiling laborers, crowds of people, a large number of scooters, cars and rickshaws. During the peak market hours, Chawri Bazar surges with people so that there is hardly any space left. The market specializes in metal products like beautifully embellished brass objects or other items like brass or copper idols of Hindu deities like Lord Buddha and Vishnu. Though Chawri Bazaar is a wholesale market but it also sells specific items like vases, pots, oil lamps and jewelry boxes. In present days paper products have become more popular in this market and a broad range of paper products are available, from attractive wallpapers to wedding cards.

Location: The Chawri Bazar is situated to the west of Jama Masjid.
Famous for: Being a specialized wholesale market of brass, copper and paper products
Preferred Timings: 11.30 am to 6.00 pm

Note: The market remains closed on Sunday.

How to Reach Chawri Bazaar: 
One can reach chawri bazaar by either taking local buses from several points within the city or can hire auto-rickshaws, taxis and metro rail.

Nearest Railway Station: Old Delhi Railway Station
Nearest Metro Station: Chawri Bazaar

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