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Bombay turned into Mumbai in year 1995. One of our biggest cities Mumbai takes its name after the goddess Mumbadevi. It’s still Bombay though during a casual chat. But on paperwork the change is a constant.Vizag-

Some still use the bizarre British name Waltair. Visakhapatnam was made official in 1987. And we Indians now know it as Vizag. Local folklore claims that the name was derived from an ancient Lord Visakeswara temple nearby.download (1)

Madras changed to Chennai in 1996. The port city was a crucial part of the Empire and Brits just found ‘ Madras ‘ to be a more convenient tag.trichy

Many call it just Trichy now. During the time of the Raj the town was known for its particular brand of cigars. In 1971 though Trichinapoly finally turned into Tiruchirapalli.kochi

Another port town in India that had its name changed by the British. Cochin turned into Kochi in 1996. Kochi was and remains one of the biggest spice trade hotspots for the British.railway-station-kanpur

Cawnpore turned to Kanpur within a year of independence  one of the first towns to do so. The Indian name is apparently derived from Karnapur or the town of Karna from the Mahabharat.  Another theory claims the name has its origins in Sufi history. During the Raj Kanpur served as a crucial. British military base with over 7000 soldiers stationed there. It’s no wonder then the Brits wanted a more convenient name to one of their garrisons.

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