Bazaar-e-Mughal: Meena Bazaar

People's crowd at Meena Bazaar, By Mohsin Javed
Meena Bazaar situated between Jama Masjid and Dariba Kalan, it is the ancient market of Delhi. Just below the massive staircases of the Jama Masjid.
Meena Bazaar holds many gems for visitors. The Jama Masjid area (Old Delhi) evokes a nostalgic attraction and class. The bazaar was built during the 1970s.

A man selling a Rooh Afza (soft drink) at Meena Bazaar, By Mohsin  Javed
Meena Bazaar was essentially meant to entertain women – with mostly women around. In the earlier Mughal Era it was also known as Khus Ruz (Day of Joy) – days which were specially meant for women.

Aerial view of Meena Bazaar, By Mohsin Javed

A man selling artificial jewellery at Meena Bazaar, By Mohsin Javed
In Mughal Era, “Meena Bazaars” took place during 5 – 8 days of Nowruz or New Year festival. Emperor Humayun was the first Mughal Emperor to begin these bazaars where items, especially meant for women, were sold.

Aerial view of Meena Bazaar, By Mohsin Javed
However, it was expanded during the reign of Akbar and his successors made, that these markets made their much more elaborate presence.

A man selling caps at Meena Bazaar, By Mohsin Javed

Footwear shop at Meena Bazaar, By Mohsin Javed
The area covers a host of shops on both sides venders are selling paans, burqas (veils worn by Muslim women), embroidered caps, local cosmetics and photographs of famous Islamic religious places. There is also shops that sell pillows, mattresses, and quilts around the Meena Bazaar.

Food stalls at Meena Bazaar, By Mohsin Javed
You can also taste fine Indian non-vegetarian cuisines at the small food stalls in the bazaar.

Today, thousands of people visits Meena Bazaar, By Mohsin Javed

Jama Masjid as seen from Meena Bazaar, By Mohsin Javed
Today things have changed little with Meena Bazaar, thousands of people - men, women, and children come here to shop for all which can be thought of in the list of clothes and other such finery.

A man selling things at his shop at Meena Bazaar, By Mohsin Javed

Source: Visit India
All Photos © Mohsin Javed

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