New Names Of Indian Cities: In the last few years, the names of many cities in India have been heavily reshuffled. Let us tell you that there are many such places in India, whose names have been changed many times. Before the independence of the country, the names of these cities were different, whereas after the independence of India, their names were changed. In recent times also the names of many cities have been changed again. The list of these cities with changed names includes the names of famous places like Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Allahabad, Pune, Panaji. Let us tell you about the cities of India whose names were changed by the British according to their convenience during the British Raj and after the independence of the country, the names of these cities were changed again for Indian names.
The Mughal ruler Emperor Akbar named the city of Allahabad as Ilahab, although with time the city came to be known as Allahabad. After that it was named Prayag for some time. However, later it was again changed to Allahabad. But the Yogi government once again changed the name of Allahabad to Prayagraj.
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Let us tell you that the name of Kanpur city has changed 21 times so far. According to historians, the first name of Kanpur was ‘Kanhpur’, which was founded by the Hindu king Chandel Singh. Apart from this, Kanpur was also named Khanpur. Finally, after independence, in the year 1948, this city was named Kanpur, from then till today people know this city only by the name of Kanpur.
The name of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of the state of Kerala, has also been changed several times over time. In English this city was known as Trivandrum. In the year 1991, the Government of Kerala decided to change the name of the city to Thiruvananthapuram.
Years ago Mumbai was known as Mumba Devi. The last word that has come to Mumbai means mother i.e. Mumbai means ‘Mumba Maa’. But during the reign of Aurangzeb, this city came to be called Bombay. However, in the year 1995, the city was renamed as Mumbai.
The name of Panaji, the capital of Goa, has also been changed several times from time to time. The word Panaji means ‘the land that never floods’. Let us tell you that initially the Portuguese named this city as Panjim. A few years later, the city was renamed ‘Nova Goa’, which means New Goa. But in the year 1961, the name of this city was changed to Panaji.
The name of Madras was changed in the year 1996. The British changed the name of Madras from Madraspattinam to Madras. Even today there is a fishermen town of this name in Chennai. Some say that the city is named after the Telugu king Damarala Chenappa Nayakudu, while there is also a view that the name comes from the Chenna Kesava Perumat temple. However, now the name of Madras has been changed to Chennai.
Calcutta, one of the cultural cities of India, again adopted its Bengali name Kolkata in the year 2001. It is a shortened form of Kolkata. This was a village established here, which used to be here before the British occupation of it. Apart from this, the names of the two villages that Calcutta is made up of were Sutanuti and Govindpur. Now Calcutta is known as Kolkata.
The holy city of Banaras was first known as Kashi. But after independence, Banaras got its Indian name Varanasi in 1956. Due to being situated between the Varuna River and the Assi Ghat, this city came to be called Varanasi.
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The nearest famous city of Mumbai, Pune was known as Poona till 1977. Poona means a city full of virtues. By the way, Pune got its name from Punya Giri Hills.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : May 04, 2022, 08:59 IST