According to the legend, Sultan Ahmed Shah, while camping on the banks of the Sabarmati River in a hamlet known as Ahmedabad saw a hare chasing a dog. The Sultan was impressed by the act of bravery and decided to locate his capital there. He named the city "Ahmedabad" ("the city of Ahmed"). The foundation of the city was laid on the second day of Dhu al-Qi'dah 813 A.H. (March 7, 1411 A.D.)
The incident is anecdotally described in the proverbial phrase; Seeing the hare chasing the dog, the Emperor built the City (Hindi: जब कुत्ते पे खरगोश आया, टब बादशाह ने शहर बसाया; translated as: Jab kutte pe sassa aaya, tab Badshah ne shaher basay)
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