Hin/Bih: दरभंगा darbhanga

‘Gateway to Bengal’    City/District, Bihar 

From Darbhangi Khan; or Hin: दर dar, ‘door’, ‘gateway’; and भंग, bhāṅg, ‘breach’, ‘split’ or ‘hemp’ [Cannabis sativa].

None of the derivations seem particularly satisfactory.

Darbhanga is probably more of a gateway to Nepal than Bengal (Raj Darbhanga was a dynasty ruling territories now split between Bihar and Nepal) and the name Darbhangi Khan matches no known ruler, so this is guesswork too.darbhanga

Darbhanga has a long artistic, musical and literary tradition and is known as the ‘Cultural Capital of Bihar’.

It is the oldest city in the Maithili-speaking Mithila region and is called the ‘Heart of Mithilaanchal’.

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


Darbhanga Airport, Darbhanga (Bihar). The origin of the Indian place name Darbhanga is discussed here.

Darbhanga Airport, Darbhanga                ElvishRoy99


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