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Gurgaon History, India

Gurgaon, the happening city of India, has the sixth highest population in Haryana (the state of India) and it is documented to have played a huge role in India’s history

 Gurgaon has immensely grown in the last couple of years due to the invasion of Information Technology companies in the city. The IT business and the outsourcing business of various fields have resulted in an economy boom for Gurgaon and its location (which is next to the capital of India, New Delhi) made things much easier for those who were interested in doing business in the city.

Gurgaon is documented to be the same village where Guru Dronacharya was born. Guru Dronacharya happens to the famous teacher who gave important tips to Kauravas and Pandavas in the Mahabharata, the famous religious book followed by Hindus. Guru stands for teacher and gram stands for village in Sanskrit. Same is the reason why Gurgaon was named so. It got its name from the two words Guru and Gram.

As per the Hindu mythology, this tiny village (of those days) was given as a gift to Guru Dronacharya and thus the land got its name guru-gram. Gram was later changed to gaon (which means village in the language Prakrit). Thus, the final name Gurgaon emmerged. Another theory says that Gurgaon was made up of two words Gur and gaon. In this theory Gur means (the traditional sugar which hasn’t been refined and given the shape of real sugar balls) and gaon of course meaning village. Whatever is the reason, everyone loves the name Gurgaon and so do we.

Initially Gurgaon was being ruled by Jats. The Jat people were also very much into farming and fighting for their land. This continued for centuries and hence it did take time before Muslims entered the city. But once the Mughal invasion started to increase its strength, the control of Jats weakened and slowly Mughals took over Gurgaon, too, although this never meant that Gurgaon would lose their Hindu Mythology.

Once the British entered Gurgaon, they merged it with Punjab Province. Gurgaon stood as part of Punjab even after Indian Independence but after the famous bloodshed of Punjab, Gurgaon was moved under the state of Haryana.

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