The stunning green spaces, progressive IT sector and benevolent climate obviously makes Bangalore the most endearing city. Apart from being the IT capital of the country, the city serves as the hub of prestigious education institutes and research centers. Added to this, the slew of beautiful places and rocking youthful culture gives the city its own unique status. Just like its alluring beauty, the city is quite popular for its fascinating history. Right from the mystery of its name to its IT status, each period in the history of Bangalore has its own aroma and inerasable memoirs. The century old architectural gems like the forts, temples and palaces represent the rich history of the land and serves as the spectacular attractions of the city. If you want to know more about the garden city, then there is no better way than to delve deep into its interesting history. Here is the article to help you unfold the celebrated history of Bangalore - the city of boiled beans.
Mystery Behind The Name Bangalore
The name Bangalore, which is believed to have originated from the phrase ‘benda kaal ooru’ meaning ‘the city of boiled beans’ has an interesting story behind it. As per the records, Veera Ballala, the emperor of Hoysala dynasty, once got lost in the jungle. He met a lady in the jungle who offered him boiled beans to eat. As a mark of gratitude to the women, Ballala named the place as ‘benda kaal ooru’.
Kempe Gowda-The Sculptor Of Bangalore
Kempe Gowda, the popular historical figure, is feted as the founder of modern Bangalore. He called this land as “gandu bhoomi” or the “Land of Heroes”. Its reported that the landlord was once taken aback by a minor incident while hunting and fell madly in love with this place. Mesmerized by the glory of the land, Kempe Gowda with the help of King Achutaraya, constructed the mud fort in Bangalore, which houses some of the well known towns such as Balepet, Cottonpet and Chickpet and serves as the commercial hub of the city. Later, his son contributed a lot in making the city historical.
Reign Of The Sultans, Marathas And British
With the fall of Vijayanagara Empire, Bangalore came under the reign of Mohammed Adil Shah, the Sultan of Bijapur. Pleased with the great service of Lieutenant Shahaji Bhonsale (father of great Maratha ruler Shivaji), Mohammed Adil Shah presented Bangalore to him. In this way, the green city flourished under the rule of Marathas. After 49 years of Maratha rule, the Mughals captured the land and later sold it to Mysore Wodeyars for huge money. After the glorious Wodeyar rule, the city came under the reign of Hyder Ali, the father of Tipu Sultan. It is during this period that Bangalore witnessed the emergence of several parks, gardens and palaces. After the death of Tipu Sultan, the city once again came under the Mysore Wodeyars rule. However, Britishers took over the kingdom in 1831 and started constructing the city with all the modern facilities like railways, telegraphs and post office etc. However, the city was given back to Wodeyars again in 1881 and was named as the capital of the kingdom.
After the Indian Independence in 1947, Bangalore became the capital of the newly established Mysore State. However, in 1973 Mysore State was renamed as Karnataka and maintained Bangalore as its capital.
Silicon Valley Of India
With the introduction of information and technology industries, Bangalore became popular as the Silicon Valley of India. Today, companies from around the world outsource their work to Bangalore because of its immensely resourceful manpower. With all its technological development, the city has come to be the home for a number of prestigious educational and research institutes.
Bangalore official changed its name to Bengaluru in the year 2006. Although it is renamed as Bengaluru, its old name ‘Bangalore’ continues to holds its charm in the heart of the people.