Odi: ଅନୁଗୋଳ anugoḻa

‘Pleasant City’  [Angulaka-Pattana, Anugul] – City/District, Odisha

From Skt: anukūla, ‘favourable’, ‘agreeable‘ (lit. ‘with the slope/current/grain’); and Odi: paṭṭana, ‘town’, ‘city’.

Angul is referred to as the ‘heart’ of Odisha: the Anukula or Angulaka kingdom has always had a strategic location between the western (inland) and eastern (coastal) regions of Odisha.

At one point it was a Khond stronghold and some say the name may be related to Anu, the last Khond tribal chief, who was behind a Odi: goḻa/guḻ, ‘conspiracy’, ‘plot’ to start a rebellion.

Also: 1. ‘Beautiful City’, from  Tam/Tel: aṅkam/aṅgu, ‘beauty’; and Odi: paṭṭana, ‘town’, ‘city’.

Angul is also called the ‘Industrial Capital’ of Odisha:  it generates more revenue than any other district and has an advanced industrial economy based on coal, aluminium and thermal power.

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

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