Our playing base is at Nagpur, and for the mathematically inclined we can be seen in action just 5 miles from the precise geographical center of India – we find it greatly reassuring that we are equidistant from all corners of our nation. True to its coordinates, Nagpur is a showcase of every flavor that India is blessed with – Cultural to Culinary diversity, Gods & Goddesses, Billionaires to perennial vagabonds – and not to speak of the multitude of language that co-exist in this central city of India.
Nagpur does possess a lot of statistical wonders which we were not aware of – may be most of us are so overawed by the three months of sapping summer. Nagpur, the 114th largest city in world, and the 143rd largest urban area in world in terms of population was founded in 18th Century by Bhakt Buland a Gond Prince of Deogad. It is also the 13th largest urban conglomeration in India. But, for Indians, Nagpur means juicy oranges – Nagpur is also fondly called as the “Orange City” for being a major trade center of oranges that are cultivated in the region
“Human existence around present day Nagpur city can be traced back 3000 years to 8th century BC. Mehir burial sites at Drugdhamna (near Mhada colony) indicate megalithic culture existed around Nagpur and is still followed in present times.The first reference to the name Nagpur is found in a 10th century copper-plate inscription discovered at Devali in the neighbouring Wardha district. The inscription is a record of grant of a village situated in the visaya (district) of Nagpura-Nandivardhana during time of Rastrakuta king Krsna III in the Saka year 862 (940 CE).Towards the end of third century King Vindhyasakti is known to have ruled the Nagpur region. In the 4th century Vakataka Dynasty ruled over the Nagpur region and surrounding areas and had good relations with the Gupta Empire. The Vakataka king Prithvisena I moved his capital to Nagardhan (ancient name Nandivardhana), located at 28 kilometers (17 mi) from Nagpur.[After the Vakatakas, the region came under the rule of the Hindu kingdoms of the Badami Chalukyas, the Rashtrakutas, and finally the Yadavas. In AD 1296 Allauddin Khilji invaded the Yadava Kingdom after capturing Deogiri, after which the Tughlaq Dynasty came to power in 1317. In the 17th century, the Mughal Empire conquered the region; however, regional administration was carried out by the Gond kingdom of Deogarh-Nagpur in the Chhindwara district of the modern-day state of Madhya Pradesh.”