On April 2012, the Haryana Government duly gave its largest city, Gurgaon, a new name – Gurugram. The order then drew mixed reactions, where some supported the change while others dumped it calling it a vague decision. However, do you know from where did this name come from in the first place?
Let’s walk down the history lane!
Haryana is believed to be the historic land of the Bhagwada Gita where Gurgaon had been a centre of learning. This land was known as Gurugram since the times of Guru Dronacharya.
Mythologically, Gurgaon is believed to have been the ancestral land of the Pandavas and Kauravas. These legendary rulers later presented or gifted this land to their royal Master – Guru Dronacharya, as an appreciation for the warfare training they received from their Guru. This is also believed to be the place where Guru Dronacharya taught archery to his students, Pandavas and Kauravas.
Historically, the name was Gurugram. Over the time, however, the word ‘gram’, meaning village was substituted by the colloquial term for village – ‘gaon’. Hence, the name Gurgaon. So, it’s like that state’s name is nothing new but regaining its lost identity.
Gurugram has witnessed the reigns of many great empires from Yaduvanshi Rajputs to Mughals to Marathas.
In ancient times, the region was ruled by Rajputs of Yaduvanshi tribe. When the Mughals conquered India, it was acquired by the Babur. Later in 1803, with the fall of the Mughal Empire, most of the area was descended by the Britishers.
Post the Independence, Gurugram was covered under the State of Punjab. In the year 1966, with the formation of a new state – Haryana, the Gurugram fell under its administration.
Currently, Gurugram spread over an area of 732 KM SQs, and also has its share in the NCR (National Capital Region) of India.
The city’s present is as fascinating as its past, with a punch of modernity in it. Gurugram is growing leaps and bounds, without loosing on its old-world charm embedded in its roots. And this makes this city, a city full of surprises!