Tel: అదిలాబాదు adilābādu

‘Cattle Town’ [Eddulapuram, Edlabad] City/District, Telangana.

From Tel: eddu(lu), ‘bullock(s)’, ‘ox(en)’; and Skt: puram, ‘fort’, ‘city’; Urd:  ābād, ‘city’, ‘town’.

Some suggest that Adilabad is named after Yusuf Adil Shah, 15-16thC founder of the Sultanate of Bijapur. This seems unlikely: his Empire did not stretch this far and it is a two week march in the wrong direction.

It is is much more likely to be a corruption of Eddulabad/Edlabad, a name coined in honour of a cattle market or local cattle farms, presumably.

The modern District is famous for its cotton production and the city is nicknamed ‘White Gold City’.

For related place names see Indian Place names and Telangana place names.


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