List of renamed places in India

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Since India gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1947, names of many cities, streets, places, and buildings throughout the Republic of India have been systematically changed, often to better approximate their native endonymic pronunciation. Certain traditional names that have not been changed, however, continue to be popular.

States or provinces[edit]

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)[5]

Cities and towns[edit]

Andhra Pradesh[edit]

Former names of cities and towns in Andhra Pradesh at various times (Pre-Mauryan, Maurayan, Satavahana, Andhra Ikshvaku, Vishnukundina, Eastern Chalukya, Kakateeya, Musunuri, Pemmasani etc. rule) during the course of history. Andhra was mentioned as An-to-lo by Yuan Chang.

  • Achanta from Marthandapuram
  • Amarapura (during Vishnukundina Dynasty and Dhanyakatakam during Satavahana dynasty) to Amaravati
  • Avanigadda from Avanijapuram
  • Bezawada (anciently Vijayavatika during Mahabharata Times and Rajendrachola pura during Telugu Chola Dynasty) to Vijayawada
  • Bhavapuri[6] to Bhaava-pattana[6] to Bhavapatta[7] or Bhavapattu[8] to Bapatla, known for Bhavanarayanaswami Temple (Bapatla district)
  • Birudankaravolu[9] or Birudankitavolu or Birudankinavolu or Birudankitapuram or Birudankinapuram to Bighole or Biccavole to Biccavolu (East Godavari district)
  • Dasanapura or Darsi
  • Devapura or Devada (Vizianagaram district)
  • Dhamnakada to Dhamnakata to Dhamnakataka to Dhyanakara[10] or Dhaanyakapura[10] or Dhaanyakataka[10] (Mauryan and Satavahana times) or Dhaanyakatakamu to Dhanakataka[11] to Dharanikota (Palnadu district)
  • Dhandapura[12] or Dhandaprolu or Tsandavolu[citation needed] to Chandavolu to Chandolu (Guntur district)
  • Dhakshatapovana[13] or Dhakshavatika[13] or Dhaksharamamu to Draksharamam (East Godavari district)
  • Dugdhapavanapuramu or Upamanyupuramu or Kshirapuramu or Kshiraramamu or Palakota (Palathota) or Palakolanu to Palakollu (West Godavari district)
  • Durvasapuram[14] to Duvva (West Godavari district)
  • Ekasilanagaramu or Vontimitta to Ontimitta, known for (Potana wrote Andhra Mahabhagavatam at Ontimitta Ramalayam) (Kadapa district)
  • Gajaranyam (in Kritayuga) to Madhavipuri (in Tretayuga) to Swargasopanam (in Dwaparayuga) to Marikapuri (in Kaliyuga) to Markapuram
  • Gadapa to Kadapa to Kurpah to Cuddapah (by British) to Kadapa
  • Garthapuri to Gunturu (Guntur district)
  • Gonkavaram to Gokavaram, East Godavari district
  • Govatika to Govada
  • Gurajala to Gurazala (Palnadu district) or Jangamaheswarapuram
  • Helapuri[15] (Eastern Chalukya times) or Eluru[16] to Ellore[16] by British to Eluru (change effective 1949)
  • Juvikallu to Julakallu to Zulakallu (Palnadu district)
  • Madhavipattana or Gurindalastha to Gurijala or Gurajala to Gurazala (during British era)
  • Kakinandiwada to Cocanada (by British) to Kakinada
  • Kalidindi to Madhurantakacholanalluru (Telugu Choda times) to Kalidindi (Krishna District)
  • Kanakagiri to Kanigiri (now in Prakasam District, previously in Nellore District)
  • Kandanavrolu to Kandenavolu to Kurnool
  • Kandarapura or Kanteru (Guntur District)
  • Kantakasela or Kantikossula or Ghantasala
  • Karmmarashtra (during Pallava period) for Ongole town and surroundings watered by Gundlakamma river.
  • Kavali or Kanakapatnam
  • Kharapuri to Karyampudi (venue of the battle of Palnadu) to Karampudi or Karempudi or Caurampoody (by Europeans) to Karampudi
  • Kharamandalamu or Karimanal or Cholamandalam or Choramandalam[17] to Choramandala (by the Portuguese) to Choromandel (by the Dutch) to Coromandal (by the British) [18]
  • Kondapalli[a] to Mustafanagar[19] (during Qutub Shahi and early Asaf Jahi times) to Kondapalli
  • Kondaveedu or Gopinathapuram to Murtazanagar (during Qutub Shahi and early Asaf Jahi times) to Kondaveedu
  • Krövachuru to Krosuru (Palnadu district)
  • Kundinapuram (near Kondaveedu) to Ameenabad (Guntur district)
  • Mahadevicherla (cheruvu) or Mahadevitataka to Madevicherla to Macherla (Palnadu district)
  • Mahendragiri or Pistapura or Pittapore to Pithapuram (East Godavari district)
  • Matsyapuri (Mauryan and Satavahana times) or Masolia (as known by Greek and Roman historians) or Chepalarevu (locally) or Machilipatnam or Masulipatam (by British, Dutch) or Bandar (by Qutub Shahis and Asaf Jahis) to Bandaru or Machilipatnam
  • Narasaraopet to Narasaraopeta
  • Nelliooru or Nellipuram or Dhaanyapuram or Vikrama Simhapuri to Nelluru to Nellore by British
  • Neminadhunuru to Nedunuru (Amalapuram Taluk West Godavri District)
  • Niravadyapuramu or Niravadyaprolu (during Eastern Chalukya times) to Nidadavole to Nidadavolu
  • Nrusimhapuri to Narasimhapuramu to Narasapur to Narasapuramu West Godavari District
  • Ongole district to Prakasam district
  • Pallavanadu or Palanadu or Pallenadu to Palnadu (Guntur district)
  • Pattiseema or Pattisam
  • Pedavegi or Vengipuram
  • Peddapalli to Petapoly by the Dutch settlers to Pettipolee or Pettipoly by British or Nizampatnam (during Asaf Jahi era) (Guntur district)
  • Puruhutikanagaram, Puruhutikapuram, Puruhutikapatnam, Peethikapuramu or Pistapura to Pithapuram (East Godavari district)
  • Penuganchiprolu or Penukanchiprolu or Pennegentspoel (by Europeans) (Krishna district)
  • Prathipalapura (Pre-Mauryan era) to Bhattiprolu (Krishna district)
  • Prolavaram to Polavaram, Krishna district
  • Prudhvipuram or Prudhilapuram or Podili
  • Rajamahendravaramu or Rajamahendri to Rajahmundry to Rajamahendravaramu
  • Rajavolu to Razole (by the British) or Rajolu
  • Rayapudi or Rayaprolu
  • Repalle or Revupalle
  • Samarlakota to Samalkota (East Godavari district)
  • Skandapuri or Kandukuru (Prakasam district)
  • Srikakulamu to Chicacole or Sikkolu to Srikakulam
  • Sriparvata (Maurayan and Satavahana times) or Vijayapuri to Nagarujunikonda or Nagarjunakonda (Guntur District)
  • Tarakapuri[20] or Tanuku (West Godavari district)
  • Teravali or Tenali
  • Kandarapura or Skandapura or Tambrapasthana or Tambrapa or Tambrapura or Tamrapuram or Chembrolu (capital of Ganapathideva Gaja Sahiniraya) to Chebrolu (Guntur District)
  • Vakadu or Vandanapuri
  • Vangalaprolu or Vangavolu to Vangolu to Ongolu to Ongole by British (Prakasam District)
  • Vardhamanapuramu to Vardhamanu to Vaddamanu (Guntur district)
  • Veligandla or Maarganaarayanapuramu[21] to Veligandla (now in Prakasam District, previously in Nellore District)
  • Vengi[22] or Pedavegi (West Godavari district)
  • Vengipuram or Vengiparru or Vangaparru
  • Vidarbhapuri or Gudiwada (Krishna district)
  • Vijayavatika (Mahabharata times) to Rajendracholapuram (Telugu Choda times) to Bejjamwada to Bezawada by British to Vijayawada
  • Vishnukundinapuramu (Vishnukundina times) to Vinukonda (Palnadu district)
  • Waltair to Vizagapatam to Visakhapatnam





Himachal Pradesh[edit]




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 (District Sikar) (change effective from 27 April 2011)
  • Jeypore to Jaipur
  • Jessulmere to Jaisalmer

Tamil Nadu[edit]


Uttar Pradesh[edit]

West Bengal[edit]

See also[edit]

Explanatory notes[edit]

  1. ^ Kondapalli was the former and also the present name


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