Old Names of Indian Cities and States

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Delhi was known as Dhillika During Ancient Times
Cities are simply reflection of their times. Their name change often mark the change in socio-economic and cultural makeup of the cities.

Take Varanasi for example. The present city of Varanasi was referred as Kasika, Avimukta, Anandavana, and Rudravasa in ancient Vedic texts. During the age of Buddha, it sheded its Vedic past and became Kashi and with time, it evolved into Banaras and later with the British conquest, it again evolved as Benras. After India gained its independence, it again sheded its British past behind and became Varanasi.

It is reported that there are more than 100 cities and towns that have changed their names since the independece of India and the process of name change is still going on. Gurgaon, now Gurugram, is one of the recent examples.

List of Old Names of Indian Cities and States


New NameOld Name/s
Andhra Pradesh
AmravatiAmarapura
GunturGarthapuri
KakinadaKakinandiwada, Cocanada (British)
KurnoolKandanavrolu, Kandenavolu
PrakasamOngole
NelloreNelluru
MachilipatnamMatsyapuri, Masolia, Chepalarevu, Masulipatam, Bandar, Bandaru
VisakhapatnamWaltair, Vizagapatam
Assam
GuwahatiGauhati
NagaonNowgong
BiharMagadha
PatnaPatliputra
DelhiDhillika, Indraprastha
Gujarat
BharuchBroach
BhavnagarBhavena
KhambatCambay
SuratSuryapur
VododraBoroda, Vadpatra, Chandravati
ValsadBulsar
Haryana
GurugramGurgaon
Himachal Pradesh
Mandav NagarMandi
SimlaShimla
Goa
PanjimPanaji
SankhaliSanquelim
KarnatakaMysore State
BallariBellary
BelagaviBelgaum
BengaluruBangalore, Bendakalooru
ChikkamagaluruChikmagalur
HosapeteHospet
HubballiHubli, Hoobhalli
KalaburgiGulbarga
MadikeriMarcera
MangaluruMangalore, Mangalooru
MysuruMysore,
ShivamoggaShimoga
TumakuruTumkur
VijayapuraBijapur
KeralaTravancore-Cochin State
AlappuzhaAlleppey
AluvaAlwaye
ChanganasseryChanganacherry
CherpulasseryCherpalchery
CherthalaSherthalai
KochiCochin
KodungallurCranganore
KoyilandyQuilandy
KozhikodeCalicut
KollamQuilon
ThrissurTrichur
KannurCannanore
PalaPalai
PalakkadPalghat
ParavurParur
PattambiNethirimangalam
Sultan BatherySultan's Battery
ThalasseryTellicherry
ThiruvananthapuramTrivandrum
VatakaraBadagara
VarapuzhaVerapoly
KonniKoney
Laccadive, Minicoy and Aminidivi IslandsLakshadweep
Madhya PradeshCentral Provinces
BheraghatBellasgate
Dr. Ambedkar NagarMhow
IndoreIndur
JabalpurJubbulpore
MandavgarhMandu
RaisenRassen
SagarSaugor
ShahdolViratnagari
UjjainAvantika
VidishaBhelsa
Maharashtra
AurangabadKhadki
LaturRatnapur
MumbaiBombay
NashikNasik
PunePoona
ThaneThana
OdishaOrrisa, Kalinga
Abdul Kalam IslandWheeler Island
Pondicherry
PuducherryPondicherry
YanamYanaon
Punjab
JalandharJullunder
RupnagarRopar
Sahibzada Ajit Singh NagarMohali
Shaheed Bhagat Singh NagarNawanshahr
Rajasthan
AjmerAjaymeru
MansanagarDhedhi Dhani
Tamil NaduMadras State
ChennaiMadras
KarurKaruvur
KanchipuramConjeevaram
KanyakumariCape Comorin
MaduraiMadura
ParangipettaiPorto Novo
MayiladuthuraiMayavaram
ThanjavurTanjore
TharangambadiTranquebar
TirunelveliTinnevelly
Tiruchirapalli Trichinopoly
TiruvannamalaiTrinomalee
ThoothukudiTuticorin
UdagamandalamOotacamund
VirudhunagarVirudupatti
Telangana
AdilabadAdlapur
KarimnagarElagandla
NizamabadIndur
MedakSiddapur, Metukuseema, Gulshanabad
MahabubnagarRukmampet, Palamoor
WarangalOrugallu
BhongirBhuvanagiri
KhammamKambhammettu
UttrakhandUttranchal
Uttar PradeshUnited Provinces
AligarhAllygurh
KanpurCawnpore
VaranasiBanaras
PrayagrajAllahabad, Prayag
AyodhyaFaizabad
West Bengal
KolkataCalcutta
BardhamanBurdwan
ChuchuraChinsurah
BaranagarBarahanagore
MedinipurMidnapore
HaoraHowrah


Also Read: Nicknames of Indian Cities and States