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Personalities - Rulers / Chiefs
* 20 Nov 2021
Kempe Gowda was a chieftan under the Vijayanagara kings who
parts of Karnataka in the 16th century. With the permission of the
Vijayanagara kings he laid the foundations for the Bangalore City in
1532. He planned a well laid city with well laid roads, tanks, lakes,
forts and temples (Basavanagudi Bull temple, Ulsoor Someshwara temple,
Gavi Gangadhareshwara temple). In 1550's he also issued coins known as
Pagodas which infuriated the Vijayanagara kings and he was imprisoned
for 5 years. On his release, he continued his good work.
As a mark of respect to Kempe Gowda, one of the main roads in Bangalore
has been named as Kempe Gowda Road and a statue installed at Corporation
Circle in Bengaluru.