Which city is sometimes called the ‘Black City of India’?[A] Mumbai
Kolkata is also known as Black City. Calcutta’s Black Hole is the name of a place in the then British-run Fort William on the Hooghly River. There, in 1756, prisoners of war died when they were stuffed into cramped and habitable conditions for a night. Despite this, one of the largest cities in India, Kolkata is a vibrant place and is considered the cultural capital of the country. Ironically, it is also known as the City of Happiness.
Why is Kolkata called a black city?
Once upon a time, many Europeans were imprisoned in a small lockup known as the Black Hole of Calcutta, which brands the city as the Black City.
Another reason for its black branding is that a finger of Goddess Kali fell here when Shiva was carrying her dead body. The temple houses an inspiring black stone idol of Goddess Kali. Hence the city is popularly called the “Black City” of India.
Kolkata is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal, located on the east bank of the Hooghly River. The city is known for businesses, academic excellence and is a cultural center of Eastern India.