The study of place-names known as “Toponyms” involves study and research into language, history, personalities, people, geography, topography, religion and cultural tradition, politics and even local industries. A place- name is a window that can shade light on the past as who the inhabitants were at that time? Where they went and how they communicated with? The coining of names often follows in the wake of historical developments. Odisha has a great and glorious history having been ruled by the local kings and outsiders like Mughals, Marathas and Britishers during different periods and they imposed many place names. The place name gives the meaning and origin of names of countries, towns, cities and villages of historical and cultural interest tracing their development from earliest times to the present day. It reflects the cultural heritage , tradition and an identity, which need to be recorded in dictionary format for generation to use and so this article.
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