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The name "Cooch Behar" is derived from the Sanskrit/Bengali term "Kushavati", which means 'the town of flowers'. The city's other names have been variants on this: Kushbhawan (City of Flowers), Koshbahār, and Gopabhog. According to legend, Cooch Behar was named after a king called Bhagadatta who ruled in the area in ancient times. He had a daughter named Kocha Debi and she established a settlement near the present-day city. This region came under British rule after Queen Victoria's proclamation of India's independence on 1 November 1947; it became part of Assam until 1950 when India took over its defense forces following Indian independence that year.