Andaman and Nicobar Islands (A&N)

Andaman and Nicobar Islands (A&N) Andaman   ‘Monkey God’ Niccolo de Conti, the early 15th century Italian merchant and explorer, sailed past the Andamans en route to Sumatra. He wrote that the name meant ‘island of gold’. Another suggestion is that it...

Andhra Pradesh (AP)

Andhra Pradesh (AP) ఆంధ్ర ప్రదేశ్  āndhra pradēsh  ‘Land of the Andhras’  From Skt: āndhra, ‘Telugu people/language’; and Hin/Skt: pradēsh, ‘province’, ‘region’, ‘territory’. The Andhras were an ancient tribe with settlements in the Godavari and Krishna valleys (Vedic...

Gondwana (MP)

‘Land of the Gonds’  Region, Madhya Pradesh (MP) From Gond and Skt: वन vana, ‘forest’ The historical region also included parts of what are now Chhattisgarh (Chh), Maharashtra (Mah), and Andhra Pradesh (AP). It is named after the Gond tribe which has dominated the...

Gwalior (MP)

Hin: ग्वालियर gvāliyara ‘Cowherds’ Hill’ [Gopadri, Goaliar, Gwaliar, Gopachal, Gopagiri] City/District, Madhya Pradesh (MP) From Skt: गोप gopā, ‘cowherd’; and adri,  ‘rock’, ‘hill’ Legends associate the name with...

Port Blair (A & N)

‘Port Blair’ – City/Capital Lieutenant Archibald Blair surveyed the Islands in the late 18thC for the British East India Company.  Port Blair is the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Its infamous Cellular Jail [also Kala Pani from Hin:...