Have you ever wondered where Hazaribagh got its name from. It is a combination of two Urdu words: Hazar is thousand and Bagh is a garden in Hindi. So, it is a city of thousand gardens. The area was full of forests and foliage from ancient times so was called Jharkhand. Jarasandh, the king who established the state of Chota Nagpur here during the Mahabharat era converted some part of the landscape into beautifully laid gardens. The number of gardens must have been in thousands. That led to its present name over a period of time.
Now, let’s move on to finding its historical legacy. After the end of the Mughal empire, King Phanimukta became its first ruler. Later on, the state became very active during the freedom movement.
Not only that, you’ll be surprised that archaeologically, a village named Itkhori here takes us back to some 1200 years to a life that showed remarkable religious tolerance and cultural unity. The stone lingams and rock inscription that were excavated reveal great workmanship.
If you love history and if archaeology mesmerizes the artist in you, one visit to Hazaribagh is a must.