How The 8 North East Indian States Got Their Names

North East India – A land of beautiful places with beautiful people. Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland and Sikkim – Ever wonder how we got the names of our states? So, here are some facts that might clear the reasons behind the names of our North East Indian states :

1. Assam


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Though Assam is said to be derived mainly from the word Ahom (Ahom Dynasty), there are sayings that Assam is derived from the Sanskrit word Asama, which means “unequalled”, “peerless” etc . Also, there is a possibility that Assam is derived from Tai word Asam or Acam. Bodo word Ha-com is also speculated by some people for the origin of the word Assam.

2. Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh

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3. Meghalaya


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4. Mizoram


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According to one saying, the word ‘Zo’ may also mean ‘cold region’ and thus, Mizoram may signify “people of the cold region”.

5. Nagaland


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6. Tripura


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There are also sayings that the name Tripura might have derived from Tripra or Tuipura or Tippera. There is also a belief that Tripura name is combined of two Kokborok words: tui (water) and pra (near).

7. Manipur


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Another saying suggested that when Arjuna was restored to live by the Moni (gem) from the nether world, thus the land came to be known as Manipur.

8. Sikkim


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