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Asked by Mehnaaz

Nov 15, 2014

What was the old name of Kerala?

What was the old name of Kerala?



Neel shobhan Dutta

The old name of Kerala is 'Malayalee ka dera'

Aruna kumari Sripada

Member since May 13, 2014

The oldest of all the Puranas, the Matsya Purana, sets the story of the Matsya Avatar (fish incarnation) of Lord Vishnu, in the Malaya Mountains, which lie in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The earliest Sanskrit text to mention Kerala by name is the Aitareya Aranyaka of the Rigveda.

Kerala is first mentioned (as Keralaputra) in a 3rd-century-BC rock inscription left by the Mauryan emperor Asoka the Great references Kerala as Keralaputra.

The name Kerala has an uncertain etymology. Keralam may stem from an imperfect Malyalam portmanteau fusing kera ("coconut tree") and alam ("land" or "location").

Deepesh Bhakar


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