HYDERBAD: Historian Capt L. Panduranga Reddy (retd), a fellow of Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, says Hyderabad’s old name is Chichulam and not Bhagyanagar, as is commonly believed. Chichulam was the name of the village that existed on the other side of the Musi, the present Shalibanda near Charminar, he said.
“Some theories said that Ibrahim Qutb Shah, father of Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah, built the Puranapul bridge after learning about his son’s perilious night adventures to meet Bhagmati. After his father’s death, Mohammed Quli ascended the throne in 1580 at the age of 14. The bridge was built in 1578,” Capt. Reddy (retd) said.
“Assuming Bhagmati was a few years younger, she must have been around seven to eight years at that time. So if we co-relate all these, the love and dancer theory looks out of place,” the historian said. Capt. Reddy (retd) sought to know why the name Bhagyanagar was not referred to at all by literary greats of the past. Even the late Osmania professor Haroon Khan Sherwani, who wrote History of Medieval Deccan (1295-1724), that was printed by the AP government in the 1960s also touched upon contrasting theories relating to Bhagmati and Bhagyanagar, he said.
“It is plausible that Bhagmati was a myth. It is an axiomatic truth that famous Muslim divine Sha Chirag had already made his home at Chichulam, where he was buried. Adjacent to it, Mir Momin Astrabadi, the architect of Hyderabad city, is buried,” Capt. Reddy (retd) added.
Near Chichulum, Quli Qutub Shah built some semi-permanent barracks when the Golconda fort faced a plague epidemic. The new township was named Hyderabad and the original name of Chichulum was relegated, he claimed.
The other theory on Bhagyanagar or Bagh Nagar was that a French gems merchant who visited the city thrice in the 1650s was impressed by many gardens (baghs) like Baghlingampalli, Basheerbagh, Phool Bagh and Jambagh and referred the city as Bagh Nagar, he contended.