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Gujari Bazaar

Gujari Bazaar, now also known as 'Ravivari' can be seen as a traditional form of modern shopping malls. Spread on the eastern bank of the river Sabarmati near Ellis bridge the Bazaar accommodates more than 1200 traders one third of which are women, most of them selling used items, though recently there are traders who also sells fresh goods. Starting from a small pin to large furniture, handicraft items to electrical tools anything you name it, you get it here. A visit to Ravivari is considered a must for new home owners to furnish their homes in a pocket-friendly way.

This Ravivari or the Gujri bazaar is a unique, 596-year-old market started by Sultan Ahmed Shah, the founder of Ahmedabad. In 1414). The market was known as Khaas Bazaar and operated on Fridays. It was also known as Shukravari and was spread from Teen Darwaza to Bhadra Taar Office. In August 1954, the bazaar was shifted to the riverbed near Ellis-bridge at its current location.

It is estimated that over 3,000 people visit the market every Sunday from the city and even nearby villages. According to the report, co-authored by IIM-A Prof Ghanshyam Shah and Arpita Joshi, apart from 1,200 traders registered as members of the Gujari Association. Several hundred others are non-members but still trade along with the Gujari traders. Besides, there are 7,000 to 10,000 other traders who indirectly get business due to Gujari. More than 20,000 people are dependent in the chain between making, transporting, and the sale of goods in the market. Many migrant artisans and daily wagers also depend on Gujari for their livelihood.. Ahmed Shah Gujari Association that looks after the Gujari traders.


Gujari Bazaar : A documentary by Gurjarvani (in three parts, links below)

Part-1 Part-2 Part-3

Contributed by: Janki Shah, CEE

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