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Etymology of Indian Cities

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Mysore is named after the demon Mahishasura slain by Mahishasuramardini Durga.

Nasik derives its name from 'nasika', Sanskrit for 'nose', as Shurpanakha is said to have lost her nose here.

Allahabad means the Abode of God in Urdu/Persian.

Mumbai is named after the local goddess Mumba Devi. 

Hisar (my home town) is Persian for 'fort'. The original name was Hisar-e-Firoza, the Fort of Firoze, as it was founded by Firoze Shah Tughlaq.

Amritsar means The Pond of Nectar.

Manali is named after Manu who is said to have done penance there. There is a Temple of Manu in Manali too.

Ayodhya literally means 'Invincible' in Sanskrit.

Digboi has a very interesting source. It is said to have been derived from the Englishmen shouting 'Dig, boy!' to the natives when the oil wells were first discovered.

Jamshedpur and Tatanagar are obviously named after Jamshetji Tata.

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