History of Bangalore
The history of the name ‘Bangalore’ originated from a Kannad term ‘Bengalooru’. The story of the naming of this city lies in an ancient anecdote.
The king was very pleased to enjoy such hospitality and he called whole of the city as ‘Bende Kaal Ooru’. In local language, this mean, the city of boiled beans.
If we go through the earliest reference, found in the ninth century, historically, the name originated in Begur as an inscription on a hero-stone, much before the rule of king Ballala.
History says, the founder of this state, Kempe Gowda (1510–1570), was a vassal of Vijaynagara Empire, who built a fort of mud in 1537 on this ground with the help of King Achutaraya.
Initially whole of the Bangalore was chunked into markets or Petes and the two main streets were the Doddapete Street.
Gowda-II worked in the beautification of Bangalore by building temples and tanks. He also marked Bangalore’s boundary by making four watching towers, which are still seen near Mekhri Circle, Ulsoor Lake, Kempambudhi Tank and also in Lal Bagh.
In 1638, father of Shivaji (founder of Shivaji Dynasty) and the Maratha chief- Shahaji Bhosle, captured Bangalore. During his rule, his elder son was killed and Shivaji pledged to take revenge from his rivals.
After his death, Tipu Sultan, his son, took charge of the economic growth of Bangalore. In the year 1799 and the fourth Anglo-Mysore War, the British killed Tipu Sultan.
Post Independence Era of Bangalore
Post Independence, large scale developments were witnessed in the city.
Huge developments were marked in the period of history from 1941-51 and 1971-81 in terms of Education, Public Sector Employment, Real Estate Market, Industry and Finance.
In December 2005, a proposal was presented on Suwarna Karnataka Celebrations on the Golden-Jubilee of the state to restore the name of the city to Bengaluru from Bangalore.
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