List of renamed Indian cities and states

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Ever since the British left India in 1947, many cities, streets, places, and buildings throughout India were assigned new Indian names. Certain "old" names, however, continue to be popular.

Renamed or respelled[edit]


  • East Punjab to Punjab (change effective from 26 January 1950; state later trifurcated into modern-day Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab under the Punjab Reorganisation Act, 1966; Chandigarh becomes a Union Territory and the shared capital city of Punjab and Haryana)[1][2]
  • United Provinces to Uttar Pradesh (change effective from 26 January 1950)
  • Hyderabad to Andhra Pradesh (change effective from 1 November 1956; the state was divided again in 2014 with original left out Hyderabad State as Telangana. Andhra region which was merged from Madras state now remains Andhra Pradesh)
  • Travancore-Cochin to Kerala (change effective from 1 November 1956)
  • Madhya Bharat to Madhya Pradesh (change effective from 1 November 1959)
  • Madras State to Tamil Nadu (change effective from 14 January 1969)
  • Mysore to Karnataka (change effective from 1 November 1973)
  • Uttaranchal to Uttarakhand (change effective from 1 January 2007)
  • Orissa to Odisha (official as of November 2011)[3][4]
  • West Bengal to Paschim Banga (approved by West Bengal state legislature during September 2011[5])
  • Assam to Asom (renamed in response to an appeal made by Assamese litterateur and former president of the Assam Sahitya Sabha, Chandra Prasad Saikia by Minister of State for Planning and Development.[6])

Union territories[edit]

  • Laccadive, Minicoy and Amindivi Islands to Lakshadweep (change effective from 1 November 1973)
  • Pondicherry to Puducherry (change effective from 1 October 2006)


Andhra Pradesh[edit]


  • Nowgong to Nagaon
  • Gauhati to Guwahati (change effective 1983)
  • Sibsagar to Sivasagar


Himachal Pradesh[edit]

  • Simla to Shimla
  • Mandav Nagar



Effective from 1st Nov 2014

  • Bangalore to Bengaluru, the settlement was originally called Bendakaloru.
  • Mysore to Mysuru, the settlement was originally called Mahishanooru.
  • Mangalore to Mangaluru, the settlement was originally called Magalooru.
  • Hubli to Hubballi, the settlement was originally called Hoobhalli
  • Tumkur to Tumakuru
  • Shimoga to Shivamogga, the settlement was originally called Shivana Mogga.
  • Belgaum to Belagavi
  • Bellary to Ballari
  • Gulbarga to Kalaburagi
  • Marcera to Madikeri, the settlement was originally called Madanayakana Keri.
  • Bijapur to Vijayapura
  • Hospet to Hosapete
  • Chikmagalur to Chikkamagaluru


Madhya Pradesh[edit]



  • Pondicherry to Puducherry (change effective from 1 October 2006)
  • Yanaon to Yanam (change effective from merger with Indian Union)



  • Ajaymeru to Ajmer
  • Dhedhi Dhani to Mansanagar(Distt. Sikar).Effective from27.04.2011

Tamil Nadu[edit]

Uttar Pradesh[edit]

  • Allygurh to Aligarh
  • Cawnpore to Kanpur (change effective 1948)
  • Banaras to Varanasi (change effective 1956)
  • Kanpur Dehat to Ramabai Nagar district (change effective 2010) and back to Kanpur Dehat (change effective 2012)
  • Prayag to Allahabad
  • Muzaffarnagar to Lakshminagar (change effective 1986) and back to Muzaffarnagar

West Bengal[edit]



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  3. ^ Dhawan, Himanshi (24 October 2009). "Orissa now Odisha". Times of India. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  4. ^ "Orissa celebrates Odisha". The Times of India. Nov 5, 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  5. ^ "India's West Bengal becomes 'Paschim Banga'". Straits Times. 2011-09-02. Retrieved 2011-12-02. 
  6. ^ "The Hindu : Front Page : Assam is Asom". The Hindu. 2006-02-28. Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
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  9. ^ Christopher Beam (1 December 2008). "Why Did Bombay Become Mumbai? How the city got renamed.". Retrieved 16 June 2015.