The History behind the names of Ahmedabad City.


Permitted Liquor Shops In Ahmedabad

In India, Gujarat was the first state to completely...

Best 15+ Rooftop Restaurants in Ahmedabad

Enthralling view of Ahmedabad city clubbed with delectable food...

The Best of Non-Vegetarian Restaurants in Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad is a city known for its authenticity. The...

Best Places for Pre-Wedding Photoshoot in Ahmedabad

The wedding season is about to officially kick-off amidst...


Top 10 Malls In Ahmedabad For Shopping

Ahmedabad remains one of the busiest shopping cities of the country – with various shops and shopping malls in Ahmedabad being popular with locals...

Top 7+ Lake In Ahmedabad – (Timings, Entry Fee & Best Time to Visit)

Generally, when people hear the name of the city Ahmedabad, all they can think about is a fast-growing metropolis city, with a rich heritage...

Top Weekend Homes Near Ahmedabad

Running at a frantic pace for work the entire week calls for some rejuvenating and soul-soothing experience on the weekends. While traveling out of...

Statue of Unity: Your Guide To The World’s Tallest Statue

About the Statue of Unity The sky touching monument at a skyscraping height with stunning beauty around is an amalgamation of nature and concrete. The...

List of Private Hospitals for COVID-19 Vaccination in Ahmedabad

After dealing with a pandemic the entire year, vaccines that work against coronavirus have come as a saviour. As per the announcement by the...

Aatapi Wonderland – All You Need to Know About Gujarat’s Biggest Amusement Park

About Aatapi Wonderland It should never be all work and no play! Especially when Gujarat has one of the largest amusement parks. Summers are around...


Do you know? ‘Ahmedabad’ is the third name of our city. It was first named as Ashaval and later changed to ‘Karnavati’.

The Foundation of Ashaval

The existence of Ashaval is traced way back in 9th – 10th century and lasted till the 11th century. A tribe known by the name Bhil founded a small settlement in Midwest India and named it Ashaval a corrupted form of Asha Palli — denoting Asha, a headman of Bhil tribe around the turn of the first millennium. The city of Ashaval was located on the east of River Sabarmati. (source Wikipedia)

The Foundation of Karnavati city

A king of Solanki Dynasty called Karnadev, defeated the Bhil chief of Ashaval and laid the foundation of Karnavati city from Ashaval. In the 11th century around 1150 King Karnadev made the city his capital and named it Karnavati.

How Ahmedabad got its name

history behind Ahmedabad names

(picture courtesy: RJ Dhvanit)

The name Ahmedabad came to the city in the era of Sultan Ahmedshah. There is also an interesting story behind its foundation. Ahmed Shah I, while camping on the banks of the Sabarmati river, saw a hare chasing a dog. The sultan was intrigued by this and asked his spiritual adviser for an explanation. The sage pointed out unique characteristics in the land which nurtured such rare qualities which turned a timid hare to chase a ferocious dog. Impressed by the incident, the sultan, who had been looking for a place to build his new capital, decided to found the capital here on 26 February 1411. The city was ruled by Mughal emperors then, these rulers holds great importance in the history of Ahmedabad.

Current Scenario

The Government

After Uttar Pradesh CM, Yogi Adityanath, changed the cities names from Allahabad to Prayagraj, and Faizabad to Ayodhya, the Gujarat ministry also started considering changing the Mughal city’s name ‘Ahmedabad’ to Karnavati. The Chief Minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani, says that the name of Ahmedabad city could be changed before the Lok Sabha elections. The Deputy Minister of Gujarat, Nitin Patel, while talking to journalist said that “The name ‘Ahmedabad’ is a symbol of slavery and it needs to be changed“.

What are people’s reaction on changing the name of Ahmedabad city?

Now after these statements of Gujarat ministers, there is hustle in the thought process of people of thee cities, lots of discussion and debates are going on regarding the name change of the city.

Some people find it inappropriate while some are supporting this activity. There are also people who consider that the name should be changed to Ashaval instead of Karnavati considering it was the first name of the city.

See what are their views