Mar:नागपूर  nāgapūra

‘Nag River City’    -City/District, Maharashtra

From Nag River; and SKT: pur, ‘city’, ‘settlement’.

The Nag River flows through the city and this is the most popular derivation. But it may also refer to a much earlier pre- or non-Aryan tribe, the Nagas, and the river and the town are named after the tribe.The Nag river has been excessively used for drainage and, as a result, has become severely polluted with urban waste. There are efforts underway to bring it back to life.

Nagpur is Maharashtra’s third largest city (after Mumbai and Pune) and India’s thirteenth largest. As the second capital of Maharashtra Nagpur traditionally hosts the Winter Session of the State Legislature (or sometimes the Monsoon Session).

Nagpur is also known as the ‘Orange City’: the Nagpur orange is a variety of mandarin orange (Citrus reticulata) and the region leads in national orange production and export. Maharashtra as a whole grows 700,000+  tonnes of orange every year.

Nagpur is also the Tiger Capital with 5 important reseves in the vicinity:

  • Meghlat Tiger Reserve
  • Navegaon Nagzira Tiger Reserve
  • Pench Tiger Reserve
  • Bor Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve

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


Nagpur Railway Station        Ganesh Dhamodkar