Mar: धुळे dhuḷē
‘Dust’ -City/District Maharashtra
From Mar: dhuḷē/dhūḷa, ‘dust’ Skt: dhūli
In a region famous for its summer dust-storms it is tempting to reach for the obvious answer; particularly as there are no clear historical or topographical alternatives.
Until the early 19thC Dhule was a small village of little importance; so small that it had to be re-populated after the 1803 famine after which the only way was up.
Dhule District is a front runner in solar and wind power generation and has one of Asia’s largest wind energy projects, putting those summer dust storms to good use.