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Big News! Ghaziabad To Be Renamed, These Names Suggested, Yogi Govt Will Make Final Call

Reflecting on the historical context, BJP MLA Sunil Sharma recalled a previous proposal to rename Ghaziabad to Gajprastha, aligning with its significance in the Mahabharata era as a part of Hastinapur.

Edited By : Saurav Gupta | Updated: Jan 10, 2024 07:44 IST
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Ghaziabad To Be Renamed
Ghaziabad To Be Renamed

The Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation recently passed a resolution proposing a name change for the district. Mayor Sunita Dayal confirmed the decision, highlighting that the proposal, backed by numerous Hindu organizations, will now be sent to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for final approval.

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Three Proposed Names

Amidst discussions, three potential names emerged: Haranandi Nagar, Gajaprastha, and Dudheshwarnath Nagar. These suggestions, influenced by the public’s desires and historical connections, were put forward by various individuals and organizations within the district.

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Historical and Cultural Roots

Reflecting on the historical context, BJP MLA Sunil Sharma recalled a previous proposal to rename Ghaziabad to Gajprastha, aligning with its significance in the Mahabharata era as a part of Hastinapur.

Mahant Narayan Giri, the head priest of Dudheshwar Nath temple, emphasized the ties to history, stating that these names relate to the city’s association with the ancient Hastinapur, once a dense forest inhabited by elephants (called ‘Gaj’ in Hindi). The proposed names pay homage to this heritage.

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The Story Behind Ghaziabad

Giri pointed out that according to Hindu texts, Ghaziabad was initially known as Haranandi, after Lord Brahma’s daughter and Gangaji’s younger sister. The city’s ancient temple, Dudheshwarnath, adds weight to the proposal to rename Ghaziabad as Dudheshwarnath Nagar.

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Historical and Cultural Heritage in Focus

The discussions around Ghaziabad’s name change reflect a deeper desire to honor the city’s historical and cultural roots, bridging contemporary identity with ancient heritage. The final decision now rests in the hands of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, as the city potentially gears up for a significant transformation.

First published on: Jan 10, 2024 07:44 AM IST

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