'Most hilarious sort of Sanskritisation': Twitterati reacts to Gurgaon turning 'Gurugram'

Gurgaon, the corporate hub of Haryana on the outskirts of Delhi, will now be known as 'Gurugram'.

The decision was taken by the BJP government claiming that people of the area have been making a demand in this regard.

An official spokesman said the decision to change the name was taken on the basis of the representations received in several fora that it would be appropriate to rename Gurgaon as 'Gurugram', an official spokesman said.

Image courtesy: Getty images.

Image courtesy: Getty images.

Legend has it that Gurgaon derived its name from the name of Guru Dronacharya, the master of archery in Mahabharata who tutored the Pandavas.

The village was given as gurudakshina to him by his students — the Pandavas — and hence it came to be known as Guru-gram, which in course of time is said to have got distorted to Gurgaon.

"Haryana is a historic land of the Bhagwat Gita and Gurgaon had been a centre of learning," the spokesman said.

"It had been known as Gurgaon since the times of Guru Dronacharya. Gurgaon was a great center of education where the princes used to be provided education. Therefore, since long the people of the area had been demanding that Gurgaon be renamed as Gurugram," he reasoned.

Legendary or not, Twitterati had a field day once the announcement was made.

With inputs from PTI


Updated Date: Apr 13, 2016 15:02 PM

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