Kannada, Kannadiga, Kannadigaru, Karnataka,

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On the occasion of “SUVARNA KARNATAKA” the Bangalore city will be named as BENGALOORU.Also 10 cities of Suvarna Karnataka are renamed from November first marking the Kannada Rajyotsava day.

The 10 cities are: Bengalooru (Bangalore), Mysooru (Mysore), Mangalooru (Mangalore), Chikmagalooru (Chikmagalur), Shivamogga (Shimoga), Belagaavi (Belgaum), Kalburgi (Gulbarga), Hubballi (Hubli), Hosapete (Hospet) and Tumakooru (Tumkur).

Bangalore is situated in the southeast of the South Indian state of Karnataka. It is located in the heart of the Mysore Plateau (a region of the larger Precambrian Deccan Plateau) at an average elevation of 920 m (3,018 feet). It is positioned at 12.97° N 77.56° E and covers an area of 2190 km² (1,360 mi²). Bangalore District borders with Kolar District in the northeast, Tumkur District in the northwest, Mandya District in the southwest, Chamarajanagar District in the south and the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu in the southeast. The Bangalore Urban district is divided into three taluks: Bangalore North, Bangalore South and Anekal. The Bangalore North taluk is a relatively more level plateau, while the Bangalore South taluk has an uneven landscape with intermingling hills and valleys.

Bangalore will be Bengalooru soon
Bangalore, Nov 1 (IANS) Giving in to the demand of 50-million Kannadigas, the Karnataka government will change the name of India’s silicon hub – Bangalore to Bengalooru from January.

Announcing the decision at an impressive function to mark the golden jubilee celebrations (Suvarna Karnataka) of the state’s formation day here Wednesday, state chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy said the government would soon notify the change.

“The name-changing will be taken up at the cabinet meeting soon. A gazette notification will be issued, reverting to the name of Bengalooru as pronounced in Kannada. Clearances from the Centre and other authorities will be sought at the earliest so that Bangalore can be called Bengalooru from Jan 2007.

“We hope the people of India and the world over will welcome the name-change and appreciate the sentiments of the 50-million Kannadigas,” Kumaraswamy told about 30,000 people, who had gathered to witness the cultural extravaganza to mark the 50th year of the state’s formation day – Rajyotsava.

The government has also decided to change the names of nine cities/towns across the state, responding to the aspirations of the people.

Hence, Bellary will become Ballari, Belgaum – Belagavi, Chikamaglur – Chikkamagalooru, Gulbarga – Kalburgi, Hospet – Hosapete, Hubli – Hubballi, Mangalore – Mangalooru, Shimoga – Shivamogga and Tumkur – Tumkooru.

“The legal process to change the names into their Kannada version will be initiated shortly. We hope to complete the formalities soon so that the new names become effective along with Bengalooru,” Kumaraswamy said amidst thunderous applause from the audience.

The Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP), the city corporation had passed a resolution Sept 27 to change the name of the city, and the state government approved it in principle.

Though the decision to change the name of this cosmopolitan city of 6.5-million people was taken last year by former chief minister N. Dharam Singh, its implementation took a back seat after the Congress-led coalition government fell in January.

Accepting the suggestion of Jnanpith award winner litterateur U.R. Anantha Murthy, Singh assured the people that the name-change would take place from Nov 1, 2006 to coincide with the golden jubilee celebrations of the state’s formation.

“If Bombay can be changed to Mumbai, Madras to Chennai and Calcutta to Kolkata, why cannot Bangalore to Bengalooru? Why should there be opposition to changing the English name of Bangalore only?

Critics should respect our feelings and get used to the city’s old name as it was known for centuries before the British came and changed it to suit them,” Murthy said in his address at the function.

Bangalooru is said to have been derived from “Bendakalooru,” a town of boiled beans, named during the 14th century. King Ballala of the Hoyasala dynasty picked the name after he was served boiled beans by an aged woman when he came hunting in the vicinity of the city.


January 21, 2007 - Posted by | Bangalore, Karnataka and Kannada, Nanjundappa Report


  1. yes i do know the history of Bangalooru….
    and i presume the place where the old woman served the boiled beans is now famously called the “dodda Ganapathi gudi”…
    i think thats why “kadale kai parshae” happens there every year…

    Comment by woody | August 18, 2007 | Reply

  2. Hallo, Please write my name with hallo

    Comment by anup chaudhary | February 13, 2009 | Reply

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