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Bangalore – a vibrant city

Bangalore is a city of parks, lovely gardens, plenty of greenery compared to other cities, organizes plenty of flower shows, enjoys a fairly salubrious climate, has wide roads, broad streets, plenty of eateries and restaurants, has many sight seeing locations, a warmth and hospitality second to none. In other words an all-encompassing ‘home away from home’ environment with plenty of activity in almost any sphere of life. There are fashion shows, cultural programmes, rock concerts, political debates, film industry nites, art gallery displays, flower shows, and plenty of other options for spending a delightful and enjoyable evening. One can hope to relax, yet the hustle and bustle of the city keeps everybody wanting to be moving, a part of something or the other.

Bangalore is a city of parks, lovely gardens, plenty of greenery compared to other cities, organizes plenty of flower shows, enjoys a fairly salubrious climate, has wide roads, broad streets, plenty of eateries and restaurants, has many sight seeing locations, a warmth and hospitality second to none.

A city that believes in celebrations, something or the other is celebrated throughout the year as a city event or as a community event in some or the other corner of the city. The city having a mix of people from all states of India, yet with the cultural identity of the state of Karnataka, Bangalore witnesses a spate of festivals like Ugadi, Ram Navami, Ganesh Chathuthi, Deepawali, Dassera and many others celebrated with a lot of gusto and gaiety. But one also gets to see the local flavor with festivals like Bangalore Karaga or Karaga Shaktyotsava one of the oldest festivals of Bangalore dedicated to Goddes Draupadi celebrated by the Thigala community for nine days. There is the Someshwara Car Festival, an annual procession with the idol of Halasuru Someshwara led by the Vokkaligas, a farming community of the state. Karnataka Rajyotsava or formation of Karnataka state day is an annual affair that is celebrated in Bangalore with enthusiasm, as is all over the state.

A flashback into history

Located in the southern part of India on the Deccan Plateau, at 3000 ft. above sea level, Bangalore is the capital city of Karnataka, India. Bangalore has seen a succession of South Indian dynasties. The Western Gangas, the Cholas, the Hoysalas who ruled Bangalore till 1537 A.D. A feudal ruler Kempe Gowda in the Vijayanagara kingdom, the mud fort that was built became Bangalore a few centuries later. The Marathas ruled in 1638, and then the Mughals captured it. When the British arrived they captured Mysore in the Fourth Anglo Mysore war and returned power to the Maharaja of Mysore.

The Maharaja made it his capital though it was still part of the British Raj. When the British made their cantonment outside of it an entire new city, the Bangalore cantonment and city developed, that later combined into a large urban centre. In 2006 Bangalore became Bengaluru.

Shivmandir, Bangalore