Ambala Knowledge Guide
The town is said to derive its name from Amba Rajput who supposedly founded it during the 14th century CE. According to another version, it is named after the goddess "Bhawani Amba" whose Temple still exists in Ambala city. The third version mentions that the name is a corruption of Amba Wala meaning the mango-village, from mango groves which existed in its immediate neighbourhood.
Archaeological Surveyor C.J Rodgers found Indo-Parthian Kingdom coins as well as coins of Hunas, Mihirakula and Toramana which indicated that after the disintegration of the Mauryan empire, the area was taken over by Indo-Parthians and later was incorporated in the domain of the Hunas.
Late medieval era
In 1709, Battle of Ambala was fought and Sikhs captured Ambala from Mughals.