Willingdon Crescent in JamnagarJamnagar is popular for 'bandhej' which is a traditional tie and dye art of design on cloth. It is also referred to as bandhini. Bandhini dress materials, zari sarees are exported abroad to diverse countries all around the globe. Jamnagar is also famous for brass articles such as bangles, nut crackers etc.
Do you know that Jamnagar was originally called Nawanagar which means 'new city'? It was a significant princely state of Saurashtra. Jam Rawal founded the city in 1540 and hence it came to be called Jamnagar!
Shopping in Willingdon Crescent in Jamnagar
Willingdon Crescent - A Commercial Building in JamnagarWillingdon Crescent is totally a commercial building. Every item is available under one umbrella. The Willingdon Crescent was built by Ranjit Singh. He got inspiration for constructing such a building when he visited Europe.
The Willingdon Crescent comprises of arcades of cusp arches. These arches are comparatively larger towards the ground floor. In the central part of the building is the statue of Jam Saheb. It stands just in front of Darbargadh and near to Chelmsford Market. The building of Willingdon is a two-storied building with decorative stone pillars and semi-circular arches.
Crescent-Shaped Shopping DestinationThe Willingdon Crescent looks like a crescent and was constructed in this shape by Jam Ranjit Singh. It is a delight to shop in such a beautiful place. Shops here sell handicrafts, art pieces, bandhani works and the best part is that all the articles come to you straight from the artisans themselves! So authentic, so interesting!
Across Darbargarh Palace
Willingdon Crescent Central Bank Road,
Kadiawad, Jamnagar, Gujarat 361001
Other Famous Markets in JamnagarIt is worth mentioning the names of Lindi bazaar and Chandi bazaar as these markets are frequented by a large number of people every day. These markets also serve as a window to the culture and way-of-life of people of this place. There is hustle and bustle in the market with the hawkers calling out so that you may buy their commodities.
In Willingdon Crescent the atmosphere is a bit peaceful and better well organized. You can buy brass items, traditional paperweights, brass covered wooden chests and beetle-nut crackers, ornamental bangles or even dry fruits and chocolates etc. for taking these as gifts for your family and friends. Don't miss out on bandhini dress materials for which Jamnagar is so famous all over the globe!
Why was Willingdon Crescent BuiltJamnagar city was later developed by Sahib Digvijaysinhji Ranjitsinhji in the 1920s. During this time, Jamnagar enjoyed being a territory of the Princely state of Nawanagar.
Willingdon Crescent, built across the road from Darbar Gadh was an attempt of Jam Ranjitsinhji to get rid of the congested and overcrowded slum of Nawanager at that time. He wanted a modern building to replace the packed surroundings - just like he had seen in Europe.
The statue of Jam Digvijaysinhji still adorns the lively building of Willingdon Crescent. Willingdon Crescent is an old building giving the message of moving on... of modernization. The entire building looks big and magnificent just like the dreams of its founder!