Guj: ભરૂચ bharūc(h)

‘Bhrigu’s Riverbank’  [Broach]  -City/District, Gujarat

From Bhrigu and Skt/Guj: kachchha/kaccha, ‘bank’, ‘border’. 

This derivation implies that the modern name is a corruption of Bhrigukaccha.

Bhrigu is one of the Seven Sages of Vedic India. According to the Skanda Purana he migrated from Dhosi Hill, a volcano in Rajasthan, to Bharuch. He is revered as the founder of an esoteric system of Hindu predictive astrology.

Bharuch is Gujarat’s oldest city and was famous as a port (on the Narmada river) and shipbuilding centre, but is now more about chemical plants than boats. The British called it Broach.

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

 

 

Bharuch Railway Station Platform     Makwana1993