Our guide was written by Laura Byspalko and last published on Tuesday 23rd April 2013.
A demographically diverse city, Bangalore is a major economic hub and is one of the fastest growing metropolises in India.
BendhakaaLooru: Place of Boiled Beans
Legend has it that Bangalore got its name from the words "Bendha kaalu" (which means ‘boiled grams' or boiled chickpeas in the local language, Kannada). King Veera Ballala of the Vijayanagara kingdom was lost in a forest and stumbled upon a lone cottage. The old woman who lived there could offer the starving king only boiled beans, "Bendha kaalu". The King found this humble meal tasted better than the richest fare he was used to. In the memory of that incident the place came to be known as "Bendha kaaLu ooru" (ooru in Kannada means ‘city').
The earliest references to Bangalore are around the tenth century-then the district was part of the Ganga kingdom which ruled from Gangavadi and was known as ‘Benga-val-oru', the ‘City of Guards' in old Kannada. In 1024, the Chola Empire captured the city. Today, little evidence can be seen of this period, except a small village in South Bengalooru and one in Anantapur district. In 1117, King Veera Ballala II defeated the Cholas in the battle of Talakad which lead to the downfall of the Chola empire.