Shillong derives its name from the Shillong Peak. The city got its name from a mythical youth, ‘U SHYLLONG’ a supernatural youth born out of immaculate conception of a virgin mother named Lir. Lir gave birth to a beautiful still born child whom she buried in her garden. Many years later she was awakened at midnight by the noise of a large crowd.
As she opened the door a tall handsome youth stepped forward and said ‘Mother,I am the little boy you buried in the garden. Don’t be afraid you are my earthly mother and l have come so that all our people can prosper and live happily. Call your uncles kith and kin so that I may instruct them on how to perform ceremonies’. U Shyllong ( the one who grows naturally) was in fact the presiding deity of Shillong and the phrase “Khot Shillong” ( called Shillong) is still used as a prayer and supplication to bring succor in times of catastrophe, peril or even personal mistortune.