Kan: ಕಲಬುರಗಿ kalaburagi

’Stone Garden’/’Rose Garden’  City/District, Karnataka (Kar)

From Hin/Urd: gulāb, ‘flower’, ‘rose’; or Kan: kal, ‘stone’, ‘boulder’; Hin/Urd: bāg, ‘garden’, ‘park’.

Gulbarga was renamed Kalaburagi in 2014, a decision which did not meet with the approval of the residents on the grounds that the name conjured up images of ‘stones’. It is not clear if the two names are related or if the second is simply a corruption of the original.

Gulbarga was the capital of the 14thC Bahmani Sultanate. It was later conquered by Aurangzeb and became part of the Mughal Empire.

Kalaburagi is known as the ‘Sun City’ and is famous for is toor/tur dal.

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

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