Bangalore Was Vengalur Madivala Chola Inscription

Bangalore, now called as Bengaluru, the IT capital of India is older than what many believe it to be.

The common assumption is that it was founded by Kempegowda in the *16th Century.

Chola Inscription Bangalore. Image.
Chola Inscription on the outerwall of Someswara temple at Madivala, Bangalore

It is the name of a village near kodegehalli and was copied by Kempegowda to the city of Bangalore. Bangalore was built on a venue earlier called as Shivanasamudram in the 16th century.(wiki Bangalore Etymology).

Considering the history of India and that of the kings of South India, Cheras, Cholas, Pandy as, Hoysalas , Satavahanas and Gangas, Bangalore should be much older.

And considering Ramayana which states that Rishyasrunga, husband of Rama’s sister lived in Sringeri, Karnataka, this conviction about the antiquity of Karnataka and Kannada the Brahmi script of which is a million year old.

Please read my articles on these.

There are many ancient temples in Bangalore.

The Kadu Malleswaram Temple is about 7000 years old.

Please check my article on this.

Now evidence has surfaced in the Form of Epigraphy in A Temple in Bangalore.

And this is dated around 1297AD.

Not only this.

This temple was built by Rajaraja Cholas who built the Thanjavur Big Temple, an architectural marvel, in Tamil Nadu.

The inscription also mentions the name of Bangalore as Vengalur .

The report.

Bangalore came into existence in 1527 (founded by Kempegowda) but the name is older than the city. One of the earliest and the only known records that talks about Bengaluru is a veeragallu (hero stone) in Begur village — which proves that there existed a place called Bengaluru in the 9th Century.

Members of Inscription Stones of Bangalore, a team of history/heritage researchers, who have done a reality check on the surviving hero stones and inscriptions, stumbled upon the Madivala inscription and dug into the Epigraphia Carnatica to decipher the writing. “The Madivala Someshwara temple outer wall is filled with writings and Vengalur is mentioned at the bottom. It talks about land grants made by the rulers. This temple is just about 6 km from Begur and since there is a mention of Veppur (now Begur) in the inscription, it adds all the more credence to the city’s name. This inscription is also recorded in the Epigraphia Carnatica,’’
says Arun Bharadwaj, a member of the Inscription Stones of Bangalore.

The Epigraphia Carnatica has recorded the inscription as: Someshware temple at Madivala is one of Bangalore’s oldest, dating back to the Chola period. There are a number of Tamil and Grantha inscriptions on the outer walls of the temple. The oldest of these inscriptions dates to 1247 AD that talks about land grants “below the big tank of Vengalur” by a Veppur (modern Begur) resident. Other inscriptions also talk about other land grants including those done during the reigns of Ballala III and Rajendra Chola.

*date quoted in Wikipedia and in Bangalore Mirror article differ. Shall check and update.

Reference and Citation of Text and Image.

Bangalore Mirror updated 14th November 2017

6 responses to “Bangalore Was Vengalur Madivala Chola Inscription”

  1. In Kannada the oldest name for So Bendakaaluru, as the area was used for growing Chickpeas, Peanuts etc., and it was popular boil the the peanuts and chickpeas. So the name was Bendakaaluuru. The area was small as compared to today, Tamil it is Vendakaalur. Gradually the old Kannada name was shortened to Bengaluru. The English had a problem with all the Indian lalnguage terminologies and they anglicised the place name to Bangalore. This according to official records and the then British government gazetteers now kept in the India Office Library and Records of the British Library, United Kingdom. I am happy to read your comments also. So the article you provided is not fully comprehensive.

    Mrs Nalini Persad, Retired Curator of South Indian Languages and Literature Collections, the British Library, London, United Kingdom.


    • Shall be writing more on the point raised and on Cholas Sat Avahan as Hoysalas Gangas and Bangalore /Karnataka. S. This article is to show the antiquity of Bangalore. Please point out inaccuracies in my articles. Thanks and Regards


  2. I heard that Bengaluru came from tamil word “Venkaaloor” The meaning in Tamil is Ven – White, Kaal – Clouds/Air, Oor – Place. It is the place where there is always a white clouds, which is true …..


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