Modern Indian History-Events and Personalities

Who was Nadaprabhu Kempegowda?


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PM unveiled a 108-feet tall bronze statue of ‘Nadaprabhu’ Kempegowda in Bengaluru, credited to be the city’s founder.

Who was Nadaprabhu Kempegowda?

  • Nadaprabhu Kempegowda, a 16th century chieftain of the Vijayanagara empire, is credited as the founder of Bengaluru.
  • It is said that he conceived the idea of a new city while hunting with his minister, and later marked its territory by erecting towers in four corners of the proposed city.
  • Kempegowda is also known to have developed around 1,000 lakes in the city to cater to drinking and agricultural needs.
  • He was from the dominant agricultural Vokkaliga community in south Karnataka.

Political motives behind

  • Kempegowda is an iconic figure among Karnataka’s second most dominant Vokkaliga community after Lingayats.
  • Political parties plan to woo the Vokkaliga community by honoring Kempegowda.
  • The statue would be known as the ‘Statue of Prosperity’.


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