This happened days after Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath renamed Faizabad as Ayodhya and Allahabad as Prayagraj.
In a letter to the UP CM, Garg said there were many ‘van’ (forests) and Agarwals (followers of Maharaja Agrasen) in Agra, and therefore, the city’s name should be changed to ‘Agravan’.
Garg added, “The region was initially known as Agravan and finds such a mention in the Mahabharat. But in the course of time, the city was named as Akbarabad. Later, it became ‘Agra’, which has no specific meaning and thus its name should be revived to Agravan.”
Garg said, “I will meet the CM and seek the change of name of Agra to Agravan,” adding that the population of the Vaish community, which follows Maharaja Agrasen in Agra, is about 10 lakh and the city has maximum Agarwals.
Agra is home to the famous Taj Mahal and a number of other Mughal-era monuments in Fatehpur Sikri which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The city was the capital of the Mughal rulers in the 16th and 17th centuries.
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