Asm: যোৰহাট jōrhāṭ

‘Twin Markets’  City/District, Assam

From Asm: jor, ‘pair’; and Ben: hāṭa, ‘market’ [Skt: haṭṭa].

The ‘pair’ of markets existed in the 18thC on opposite banks of the Bhogdoi river, a tributary of the Brahmaputra, which flows past the town.

Jorhat was the last Ahom capital from 1794, destroyed by a series of Burmese invasions between 1817 and the arrival of the British in 1824.

The modern city is one of the largest in Assam.

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


View from Chowk Bazaar footbridge (Jorhat)             Vikramjit Kakati