Bangalore is Bengaluru officially
The IT capital of India will now be officially known as Bengaluru, starting today – the day of ‘Kannada Rajyotsava’. The state government on Friday had issued a notification changing anglicised names of 12 cities including Bangalore, Mysore, Belgaum and Mangalore. These cities will hereafter be known as Bengaluru, Mysuru, Belagavi and Mangaluru.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the people of Karnataka on their state formation day or Kannada Rajyotsava, celebrated today.
“Greetings to people of Karnataka on Kannada Rajyotsava. May Karnataka scale new heights of progress in the years to come,” Prime Minister Modi said.
Greetings to people of Karnataka on Kannada Rajyotsava. May Karnataka scale new heights of progress in the years to come.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 1, 2014
Now Bangalore will be called Bengaluru, Mangalore (Mangaluru), Mysore (Mysuru), Bellary (Ballari), Belgaum (Belagavi), Hubli (Hubballi), Tumkur (Tumakuru), Bijapur (Vijayapura), Chikmagalur (Chikkamagaluru), Gulbarga (Kalaburagi), Hospet (Hosapete) and Shimoga (Shivamogga).
In the ninth century, Bangalore was called Bengaval-uru (city of guards). In the 12th century, according to another legend, it became Benda-kaalu-ooru (town of boiled beans). According to an apocryphal, 12th century Hoysala king Veera Ballala II lost his way during a hunting expedition in a forest. A poor old woman offered him boiled beans to the tired king, who with a sense of gratitude called the place “benda-kaalu-uru”.
Kempegowda, a feudatory ruler under the erstwhile Vijayanagara Empire, was considered the founder of Bangalore. He chose Bendakaluru for his capital in early 16th century, which transformed into Bengaluru and in colonial times, and during British rule became Bangalore. The city has in recent decades metamorphosed into the country’s IT capital, earning it the tag the Silicon Valley of India, as also as Biotech capital, after its earlier forms as a Pensioner’s Paradise and Garden City.