Every city has those quaint nooks and corners that have many a story to tell, stories that have been forgotten or lost in the hustle and bustle of the daily rigmaroles of life and its challenges. Even though you have been staying in the city for many years or all your life, there are bound to be some unknown hidden things that you are not aware of! Well, this article is about that, some things that you are not aware of or just didn’t know about this charming and wonderful city Bangalore or Bengaluru, until now! It is not just the pleasant climate, the wonderful people, the old world charm and the new age trends of our city that make our city so wonderful. Read on to find out more!
It is believed that the name Malgudi in RK Narayan’s famous novel was a portmanteau of two of Bangalore famous localities, Malleshwaram
and Basavanagudi. It is said that he used the first few letters from Malleshwaram (Mal) and last few letters of Basavanagudi (gudi) to create Malgudi.
Winston Churchill owes money to the Bangalore Club
Established in 1868, the city’s oldest club, the Bangalore Club has former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill as a defaulter who owed it Rs. 13, which was later written off as an “irrecoverable debt”! A ledger entry found in a book states that Rs.13 was part of the unpaid bills at the club.
Old Airport was once end of Bangalore
Long before the IT companies set shop and the city witnessed a sea change, the old airport was considered the end of the city. In fact, newspapers would carry two temperature readings, one of Bangalore (city) and the other Bangalore Airport!
World’s largest meditational pyramid
A must visit place for people looking for peace of mind and meditation is the world’s largest Meditational Pyramid at Pyramid Valley International, located at Kebbedoddi. Called the Maitreya-Buddha Pyramid, the 102 ft. tall structure can easily house 5000 people and the outer surface is decorated with murals of various elements of nature.
MTR’s Rava Idli and its Second World War link
The Mavalli Tiffin Room (MTR) is known for its idlis and chutneys but do you know the link between MTR rava idli and the 2nd World War? It was more of a need than a want! The invention of this delicacy was due to emergency back in the times of WWII. During the war, India faced a shortage of rice supply, which hindered in the making of normal idli, where the batter is made out of rice. MTR food chain came up with the idea of substituting rice with semolina and the tasty Rava Idli was born, which was welcomed with open arms and its demand went soaring high.
Freedom Park was once a Central Jail
Built in 1867 by the British the old Bangalore Central Jail on Sheshadri Road is now the Freedom Park. It was all set to be demolished but due to pressure from heritage activists, it was converted it into a memorial, where the gallows still stand. The Freedom Park is now a popular cultural and protest venue.
Bangalore was once known as a non-fan city!
Bangalore was once designated as a non-Fan city for defence personnel, till the mid-1950s and they had no ceiling fans in their quarters because the climate was so cool and they didn’t need one. They also needed to use blankets during the night.
First city to get electricity
Bangalore became one of the first cities in India to have electricity from hydropower, powered by the hydroelectric plant situated in Shivanasamudra in 1906. And the City Market was the first building to have electric lighting whereas street lighting for the cantonment was inaugurated in 1908.
Longest city bus route in India
Bangalore has the country’s longest city bus route and the BMTC route 600 covers a huge distance of 117 km per trip.
Only Pandavas temple in the country
Shri Dharmaraya Swamy Temple located in Thigalarpet is one of the oldest and famous temples and is unique, as it is dedicated to the Pandavas and is not found anywhere else in India. The Archeological Survey Department has said that this temple is about 800 years old.
Blackpally or Shivajinagar?
Blackpally or now known as Shivajinagar was once a barren region when Kempegowda founded the modern Bangalore. The first settlers were farmers from Gingee, who cultivated white rice. It is believed that the name Black pally came from the bili akki (white rice) that they grew in their fields.