There are at least two station signs in India which have signs in 5 languages. They are not far apart, but in different states:
The upper one is in Telangana, and the lower one is in Karnataka. While traveling from Mumbai to Chennai you will pass both. Raichur is about 26 km to the south of Krishna. Many express trains stop at both, taking about 40 minutes between them.
However, there is this one from the 1940s:
This is in the north-eastern part of Andhra Pradesh, not far from Odisha. In the 1940s it was part of the Madras Presidency which stretched all the way to Odisha (including Chatrapur where it is said that Alan Turing was conceived.)^
So you see Telugu, Odiya, Hindi, English and Urdu.
Some years later we see:
Still 4 languages, with Urdu gone. The English spelling has changed slightly. This would be some time after 1966. But it was never on the South Central Railway.
Today it looks like this:
This follows the usual three-language formula. Odiya has also departed.
Those familiar with Indian cricket would have heard of this place because of this person:
As he was the second son of the ruler, his official title was Maharajkumar and not Maharaja. He is generally known for being an incompetent cricketer and commentator, though he did play some useful role in administration.
^ Alan Turing’s father was in the Madras Presidency cadre of the ICS, and was posted in places which are now in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. He was posted in Chatrapur at the time Alan was conceived. His mother then went to England where Alan was born in 1912, and he never visited India.
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Good One! These are the only ones!!!!
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