We all know entire famous places by their names, just by their names at first. Any city, monument, or road is known by their names just like the Taj Mahal, it is known by its name at first and then by the history and emotions attached to it.
Great places in India have their names based on their historical significance but it’s nothing new to change the names of cities and places with the current government of India. Let’s see what names have got changed recently in India.
Mughal Gardens became Amrit Udyan at Rashtrapati Bhawan:
The renowned Mughal Garden at the Rashtrapati Bhavan was renamed “Amrit Udyan” by the Center on 28th January 2023 in keeping with the overarching theme of eradicating any traces of purported colonialism. Similarly, Delhi University’s Mughal Garden on the North Campus was renamed the Gautam Buddha Centenary Garden.
The action fit in with India’s celebration of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, which honours the 75th anniversary of India’s struggle for independence.
Rajpath in Delhi became Kartavya Path:
The famous Rajpath in Delhi will now be known as Kartavya Path, which translates to “Path of Duty,” by the Indian government before Central Vista Avenue opened on September 8, 2022. The New Delhi Municipal Council approved a request to rename the street, despite the fact that it elicited a lot of conflicting comments.
Rajpath signified the authority of the monarch, but “Kartavya Path” stood for a sense of duty as well as a sense of community ownership and empowerment.
Aurangabad became Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar:
According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the cities of Aurangabad & Osmanabad in the state of Maharashtra have been changed to Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar and Dharashiv, respectively. The ministry added that it had approved it and had no objections to the renaming of the cities.
Earlier in February, additional solicitor-general Anil Singh testified before the Bombay High Court that the national government had no objections to renaming Osmanabad. He claimed that no decision had been made about the renaming of Aurangabad.
Allahabad became Prayagraj:
Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh underwent a formal renaming to Prayagraj in January 2019. A week before the “Kumbh Mela,” the Centre granted the Uttar Pradesh government’s request to rename Allahabad as Prayagraj.
The decision was made more than two months after Prayagraj was chosen as the new name for the historic city by the state government, led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The Mughal emperor Akbar is said to have changed the city from its earlier name of Prayag to “Ilahabad” after he built a fort close to the flow of the Ganga and Yamuna rivers.
Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium became Arun Jaitley Stadium:
The Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, which is located in New Delhi’s Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, was built in 1883 and given that name since it is close to the Kotla fort.
However, with the passing of former DDCA President & Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on August 24, 2019, the stadium was titled in his honour on September 12th, 2019. This honours the former Union Minister’s contributions to Indian cricket.
Mughalsarai railway station became Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhya Junction:
On August 5, 2018, Amit Shah officially unveil Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction, also known as Mughalsarai Junction. The station is considered one of the largest and oldest railway crossings in the state. Yogi Adityanath proposed the renaming of the famous train station in 2017, and the Centre later approved it.
To connect Calcutta and Delhi, the East Indian Railways constructed this railroad station. According to records, this route between East and North India has been one of the busiest routes since the Mughal era.