BENGALURU: The city was named ‘Bengaluru’, instead of ‘Bangalooru’ and well-known numerologist Sanjay B Jumaani claims he was behind it.
Bangalore became Bengaluru officially on November 1, 2014. Ahead of that, one of the ministers from the state government (whom he refused to name) consulted him before finalising on ‘Bengaluru’, he claims.
Jumaani, who is in town to see his clients, said to City Express, “I suggested uru instead of ooru. The letters uru add upto a positive number ‘6’, which represents Venus (Shukra) — the planet of love, peace, harmony and progress. Even the name ‘Bangalore’ was not good. The minister approached me after they read a report about city names and took my suggestion.”
“If the city was named ‘Bangalooru’, then it would add up to ‘41.’ It amounts to 5, which is slippery and inconsistent. Like the name ‘South Africa’ adds up to 5. And, in cricket, they reach the semi finals and finals but never win. So it is slippery. In that way, the name Bangalooru would not have done well for the city,” he added.
Jumaani urges people to use the current spelling more often. “A lot of them are still writing the name Bangalore. I urge them to write ‘Bengaluru’ because that will help the city,” he said.
While the rich and the famous are Jumaani’s clients, including industrialists, cricketers and film stars, he said the joy is in consulting for the general public.
“A dozen childless couples had consulted me over a year ago and have come back for the naming of their newborns,” he said. “In two cases, the gynaecologist had also given up, and said they should go for adoption.”
“It is a myth that we are associated with celebrities only. Ninety per cent of our clients are ordinary people who come to us with troubles in marriage, health, wealth, children and studies,” he said.