How Bangalore Got Its Name
As from 6.5 million in 2001 population of Bangalore has grown by 46.7% to touch a whopping figure of 9.5 million in 2011 it is one of the Fastest Growing Cities of the World and as such it would only be in the fitness of things to go into as to how it has got its name.
It is quite common to find theories, stories, etc, behind the names of villages, cities, countries, etc. Bangalore also is not immune from this norm. Hence you find various theories floating around as to how Bangalore has got its name also.
According to one Formidable Story, in the 12th century Chola King Veera Bhallala had ruled Deccan Plateau. In 1120 while on a hunting trip to Yelahanka Region, the King had lost his way inside the forest. Confused, tired and hungry he had found a poor old woman in the jungle who having felt pity upon him offered him shelter for night and served him with boiled beans for dinner as she had nothing else to offer except that. However pleased with her noble gesture and in gratitude to her magnanimous actions he constructed a town and called it ‘Benda Kalu Ooru’ which are Kannada Language Terms and they mean ‘Place of Boiled Beans’. Though the story is popular it lacks credible evidence in support in the realm of history .
Historical Proof proudly proclaims that the name ‘Bengalooru’ had been recorded on a ‘Hero Stone’ at Nageshwara Temple Premises at Begur on the outskirts of Bangalore in as back as the year 890 A.D. thereby repudiating the Story of King Bhallala as Stone Inscription had happened very much before King Ballala had taken birth.
Another Theory states that in one of his hunting expeditions Kempa Gowda , the Chieftain of Vijayanagar Empire of South India was surprised to notice a hare chasing his dog. So he felt that it was a place of heroes and therefore he named it ‘ Heroic Place’ or ‘Gandu Bhoomi’.
Pivotal Roles of Kempa Gowdas
Kempa Gowdas had played pivotal roles in the development of Bangalore.
Kempa Gowda I known as the Founder of Modern Bangalore had a Grand Vision to build a New City for himself, inspired by Hampi, the then Capital of Vijayanagar Empire. King Achutaraya, the Ruler of Vijayanagar had approved his Ambitious Plan and funded his Venure of Vision and Far-Sightedness.
In 1517 Gowda I built a Fort of mud brick and later built Small Towns of Chickpet, Cottonpet, etc, within the Fort Areas, which are now Commercial Centres of present day Bangalore.
Four Watch Towers
It was his grandson Kempa Gowda II who built Four Watch Towers, ‘The Kempa Gowda Towers’ or ‘Gopuras’ in Four Corners of City to limit the growth of Bengaluru which are :
Ulsoor, Mekhri Circle, Lal Bagh and Gavipura.
British anglicized Bengalooru to Bangalore which has been renamed ‘Bengalooru’ or ‘Bengaluru’ with effect from November 1, 2006 by the Government of Karnataka.
How To Reach
The Nearest Airport, Bangalore International Airport, 40 km
The Nearest Railway Station, Bangalore City Railway Station located in the heart of city
It has excellent network of roads.
Kempa Gowda or Majestic Bus Stand is located opposite to City Railway Station.