So how did the Bangalore name come about? There are various interesting stories floating around..
- Veera Ballala's Benda Kaal Ooru (Town of Boiled Beans)
- The presence of the trees called “Benga” or “Venga” lent their name to this place.Vengaluru (the place of Venga) became Bengaluru
- There was a big forest in this area and Kmpegowda 1, before building the town is believed to have burnt the forest. So the town built on Benda Kadu (burnt forest) “Benda kaduru
However none of the above or the other scores of varioations are supported with any credible evidence. The only and important metion about the name Bengaluru comes from a small temple village near Electronic City called Begur.
The temple of Naganatheshwara (shiva-linga) temple in Begur which is about 1200 years old (yes, older than Belur/Halebid) has inscriptions of a 'battle of Bengaluru' inscribed on the stone edicts at the temple..so the name Bengaluru has much more importance than the baked beans type of stories..
So what do we do about the place which hold the story about our past?? NOTHING!!
The functional temple as it stands today is in a very dilapidated state..with lots of carvings and structures just thrown around, while the 'saviours' of the temple a.k.a politicians are getting the temple 'restored' and expanded...Gopuras are being built and 'development' being done, without much planning.
This place deserves ASI's involvement to protect it from these harmful developments immediately. If the name of Bengaluru origins is not a reason, just that this place is more than a 1000 years warrants that it is protected.
There are various places inside the temple which has been damaged. All this needs to stop immediately and restoration in the right way needs to be done..and this needs to start NOW!!