Chandigarh: Gurgaon will now be known as Gurugram, as the Centre on Tuesday approved the name change.
Interacting with reporters shortly after presiding over the first meeting of the state-level 'Swarna Jayanti Celebrations Committee' at Panchkula near here, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said now both the city as well as the district of Gurgaon would be known as Gurugram.
According to the Khattar government, the decision to change the name of Gurgaon to 'Gurugram' had been taken on the basis of the representations received at several fora that it would be appropriate to rename Gurgaon as Gurugram.
Legend has it that Gurgaon derived its name from Guru Dronacharya, the master of archery in Mahabharata who groomed the Pandavas and Kauravas in military tactics.
It is said the village was given as 'gurudakshina' to him by the Pandavas and hence it came to be known as Gurugram, which in course of time got distorted to Gurgaon.