How Khambhat got its Name


A few suggest the name Khambhat/Khambat is connected with the Kambojas. It is stated to be anapabhraṃa form of the Sanskrit Kamboja. Some people believe that the town of Khambhat may be the Camanes of Ptolemy. Lieutenant-colonel James Tod believes that the name comes from the Sanskrit Khambavatior 'City of the Pillar'.The most accepted belief is that 'Khambhat' is made up of two words: 'Khambh' and 'Aayat'.Khambh means pole or pillar andaayat means import in Gujarati language. It is believed that there has to be some pole, which must have been an identity for this city and as it was a glorious port, import/export trade was at the extreme.