Baghdati (Georgian: ბაღდათი) is a town of 4,800 people in the Imereti region of western Georgia, at the edge of the Ajameti forest on the river Khanistsqali, a tributary of the Rioni. From 1940 to 1990, it was called Mayakovsky after the Russian poet who was born there.
Baghdati is one of the oldest villages in the historical Imereti region. It's name shares the same origins of the name of the capital of Iraq, Baghdad: هدیه Bag "god" + خدا dāti "given", which can be translated as "God-given" or "God's gift" in old Persian. When Georgia was part of the Russian Empire and during the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, its name was changed in Baghdadi (Russian: Багдади). In 1940 it was renamed in Mayakovsky (Georgian: მაიაკოვსკი), after its most famous "son", Vladimir Mayakovsky, who was born there in 1893. In 1981, Baghdati was promoted to the status of city. In 1990, its original name, "Baghdati", was restored.
Baghdati is located at the edge of the Ajameti forest on the left of the Khanistsqali River, about 170 kilometres (110 mi) west-northwest of Tbilisi and 25 kilometres (16 mi) south-southeast of Kutaisi.