Roads of Jaipur – Why are they called what they are called?

Jaipur Roads - After whom are they named

Roads of a particular city are often a window into the history of a city. They are given names to commemorate people who helped make the city what it is but often we forget them or the contribution they made. I decided to dig around a little bit to figure out the reason behind the names of some of the roads in the city. Given below is what I found. Hope you find it as fascinating as I did.

M I Road

M I Road is named after Mirza Ismail. Sorry! Sir Mirza Ismail. He was the second last Prime Minister of Jaipur who served as the second last Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Jaipur from 1942-46 under the rule of Sawai Man Singh II. He was instrumental in implementing constitutional reforms. He helped open the first bank in 1945 with the help of G D Birla – United Commercial Bank. He helped establish the National Ball Bearing Company (NBC) plant in Jaipur. He laid a lot of emphasis on education. BITS Pilani got the permission to grant degrees and the foundation of MGD School was laid.
Hence, the main thoroughfare of Jaipur is named after Mirza Ismail and is known as M I Road.
PS: If you are ever on it, don’t forget to try the Lassi there.

V T Road

V T Road, one of the prominent arteries in Mansarovar area, is named after the Rajasthani folk hero Veer Teja. He is considered one of the incarnates of Lord Shiva. There are temples dedicated to him in Kharnal, Nagaur and Sursura, Ajmer. Teja’s followers have fought against the caste system for a long time and even today a Mali (gardener) is the high priest in the Teja temple and not a Brahmin.
There was a Rajasthani movie made on Veer Teja in early 80s that was a huge hit and provided a boost to the entire Rajasthani movie industry. A stamp on him was released in 2011. And the legend of Veer Tejaji gave us the big 80 ft wide road to cruise on in Mansarovar. There is a Teja temple located at one end of the VT road.

Jaipur Metro – Pink Line

The first phase of Jaipur Metro that is functional is known as the Pink Line. It obviously gets its name from Jaipur being called the Pink City. Jaipur on the other hand got the moniker in 1878. When Prince of Wales visited Jaipur in 1878, the whole city was painted in Pink to welcome him. That incident lead to the name we know it today. Also, a large number of structures, including the crown jewel Hawa Mahal, are built with a red-pink sandstone.

I hope you enjoyed this. Do let us know if you have anything more to add to this.

This post was contributed by Ravi Handa, founder of Handa Ka Funda – a CAT Coaching website

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