As the Ahmedabad city turns 604 years of age, city mayor Meenaxiben Patel attended the foundation day ceremony traditionally conducted by the descendants of the 15th century legendary Hindu saint Maneknath who helped Ahmed Shah I to build the city. However, Meenaxiben is the first city mayor who has attended the ceremony.
Chandan and Rajesh Nath — the 13th generation descendants of the saint — performed puja and hoisted the flag on Manek Burj in the morning. The city’s foundation day began with a prayer ceremony and by changing traditional flags at the Manek Burj.
“Legend has it that Guru Manek Nath guided Badshah Ahmed Shah to commence building the city from this very location since it was most auspicious (South West) direction and predicted that the city will be blessed with peace and progress. The Badhshah respected his word and named the bastion Manek Burj after him,” said Chandan Nath, a strategic branding consultant for entrepreneurs.
However, AMC’s Heritage Cell is in the process of taking up the beautification work of Burj and its surroundings in the next year and is working on a proposal. “The city mayor visiting the Burj in itself is a significance move and will help positively in the development of the monument. We will be taking up the beautification and upgradation of the Manek Burj and adjoining area in the financial year 2015-16,” said deputy general manager of AMC’s Heritage Cell, P K Vasudevan Nair.
“As of now, the Manek Burj has not been added to the AMC Heritage Walk which is conducted daily but we have heard that some people are interested in having a separate heritage walk from Manek Chowk to Manek Burj. But we do not know when it will be initiated. For us, the important thing is to keep its structural integrity intact and once that is done, then we will get some kind of plaque or signages that inform people about its importance and also think of activities that will aid in connecting it to the people of the city,” he added.