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Mangalore was named

Post by taixyz1992 on Wed Jan 05, 2011 12:57 pm

Mangalore was named after the local Hindu deity Mangaladevi, the presiding deity of the Mangaladevi temple.[8] According to local legend, Matsyendranath, the founder of the Nath tradition, arrived in the area with a princess from Kerala named Parimala or Premaladevi. Having converted Premaladevi to the Nath sect, Matsyendranath renamed her Mangaladevi.[9] After her death, the Mangaladevi temple was consecrated in her honour at Bolar in Mangalore.[10] The city got its name from the Mangaladevi temple.[11]

One of the earliest references to the city's name was made in 715 CE by the Pandyan King Chettian, who called the city Mangalapuram.[12] The 14th-century Arabian traveler Ibn Battuta referred to Mangalore as Manjarur in his chronicles.[13] The city is also called Mangalūru, a reference to Mangaladevi (the suffix ūru means town or city).[10] During the British occupation in 1799, Mangalore (anglicized from Mangalūru), stuck as the official appellation.[14] However, according to Mangalorean Historian George M. Moraes, the word "Mangalore" is the Portuguese corruption of Mangalūru.


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