6 Historical Facts About The Name 'Gurugram'

May 23, 2016

The Millennium City, which changes its map almost every month due to its rapid development, has witnessed another big change. And this time, it's in the name! The Haryana government has decided to change the name of Gurgaon district to Gurugram. Here's some history behind this name which many of us are still unaware of.

1. The erstwhile identity
If you're wondering why did the name 'Gurugram' pop out of nowhere, then you're wrong. Gurugram was in fact, the original name given to the city, which in the course of time was distorted to Gurgaon.

2. The Kuru empire
If legends are to be believed, Gurugram was a part of the Kuru Empire during the epic Mahabharata. It derived its name from Guru Dronacharya, the master of archery, who tutored the Pandavas & Kauravas.

3. Mastering archery

Gurugram was the place where Guru Dronacharya taught the princes of Kuru Empire the art of archery. This is also the same place where the famous fable of Pandava prince Arjuna seeing the eye of the bird originated.

4. The thumb of Eklavya
The story of Guru Dronacharya asking the Bheel warrior Eklavya to cut his thumb as Gurudakshina also belongs here. It is believed that Dronacharya asked for the thumb to save his favourite disciple Arjuna from having a potent competitor.

5. Eklavya's only temple
Farukhnagar Tehsil is a place in Gurugram, having the only temple dedicated to Eklavya. It hosts an annual fair, where the Bheels from Rajasthan & Madhya Pradesh get together to pay homage to their warrior.

6. The Yudhishthira's ruling
After the division of the Kuru empire between the Kauravas & the Pandavas, Gurugram became a part of the Indraprastha (a.k.a. Delhi) and fell under Yudhishthira's rule.

Well, now you know a few new things about the history of the city. But we would like to know what do you think about the name? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!