In recent years, there has been a lot of uninvited debate about the city’s name, especially from the right-wing, which has repeatedly called for renaming the city.
It was clarified by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) that there are no historical records or historical evidence that indicate the renaming of Hyderabad.
In addition to this, the ASI has stated that it does not have details about the history of the Bhagyalaxmi temple at the Charminar. An ASI response to a Right to Information (RTI) request dated August 4th addressed questions asked by Robin Zaccheus regarding records or historical evidence concerning the city, its name, and the debated existence of Bhagyalaxmi, the Hindu goddess.
He received a response of “No such details are available with this office,” from ASI Hyderabad circle, under which Charminar and Golconda fort are included. According to RTI, Hyderabad was never named Bhagnagar, Bhagyanagar, or anything else. According to the report, there was no historical evidence, such as an inscription, miniature, or coin, mentioning the names Bhagmati or Bhagyanagar during this period.
Further, the ASI states that it does not have any records of former Deputy Prime Minister of India Sardar Vallabhai Patel urging Hyderabad to be renamed Bhagyanagar. Asked if there was evidence of Bhagyalaxmi temple in Charminar, the ASI replied that it had no records of any temple existing in the same location where Charminar stands today.
In addition, the ASI has acknowledged that the temple attached to the Charminar was constructed illegally in the late 1960s. It was reiterated by former ASI superintendent archaeologist Milan Kumar Chauley at Lamakaan in Hyderabad in 2019.
It was also stated by the ASI earlier in June that ancient mosques under its authority in Telangana are not built on Hindu religious sites. The response was also in response to an RTI request by Robin. His request was for evidence “pertaining to the ancient/mosques” that were built on temples or religious sites associated with Hinduism.
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