Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced to rename the Hoshangabad city as Narmadapuram.
He announced during the Narmada Jayanti programme that was held in Hoshangabad. CM of Madhya Pradesh said that a proposal would be sent to the centre.
About Hoshangabad City
Hoshangabad name derived from Sultan Hoshang Shah Gori. He was the second king to Malwa of the Ghori, who conquered, Narmdapur which was the erstwhile name. Historical records of Sultan Hoshangshah Gori in 1405 A.D., who built a small fort at Hoshangabad. He also built two others at Handia and Joga. The fort of Ginnurgarh, north-west of Hoshangabad across the river Narmada, continued to be under the Gond kingdom of Garha-Mandla.
During 1722 A.D., the territories of Ginnurgarh, including the fort of Hoshangabad brought down to Dost Mohammad Khan, the Nawab of Islamnagar and founder of the Bhopal dynasty. The Peshwa Balaji Bajirao conquered the Handia capital Sirkar, west of the Ganjal river in 1742 A.D. and displaced the Mohmmadan Governor on his own. During 1750 A.D., the Raja of Kalibhit was forced to cede a half number of villages to the Peshwa by treaty. After that, Benisingh, Subhedar of the Bhonsla Raja of Nagpur, captured Hoshangabad fort in 1796. From 1802 to 1808, Hoshangabad and Seoni were captured by Bhopal Nawab, but ultimately regained by the Bhonsla Raja of Nagpur in 1808.
In the last Anglo-Maratha war of 1817, Hoshangabad was conquered by the British. It was held under the Provisional Agreement made by Appa Sahib Bhonsla for its ceding in 1818.
Hoshangabad district lies in the central Narmada Valley and Satpura plateau on the northern side. The Dudhi (the milky) is the easternmost tributary of the Narmada in the Hoshangabad district. The Tawa is the largest tributary to river Narmada of which about 70 km lies in Hoshangad district. Around Pachmarhi, one may mark perennial springs found.
In Hoshangabad, locally, rabi crops are known as ‘Unhari’ and Kharib crops known as ‘Sihari’.
The Narmada Jayanti started in the late 1970s at Narmadapur, Hoshangabad. The exquisite Narmada temple at Bandarabhan at the confluence is noted for its rousing Narmada Jayanti festivities. Devotees offer milk and flowers to the river at Gwarighat as bright red-hued saris and stoles are strung across the banks to mark the emergence of this holiest of holy rivers upon the Earth.