Statue of Prosperity…
Bengaluru: On Friday, 11 November 2022, PM Narendra Modi will be unveiling the statue of Nadaprabhu Kempegowda installed at the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru.
The 108 ft tall bronze statue, has been built to honour Nadaprabhu Kempegowda, the founder of Bengaluru city.
Nadaprabhu Kempegowda was a 16th-century ruler under the erstwhile Vijayanagara Empire. He is credited with laying the foundation of what is today known as Bengaluru city in 1537.
The chieftain is revered in parts of southern Karnataka, especially by the Vokkaliga community which is dominant in the Old Mysuru.
It is believed that the ruler got the idea to build a new city while he was out hunting with his minister and advisor.
Nadaprabhu Kempegowda planned to construct temples, a fort, water tanks, and a cantonment in the proposed city.
After receiving permission from the emperor Achyutharaya, the chieftain built the Bangalore Fort and town in AD 1537, according to The Times of India.
Besides laying the foundation of Bengaluru and contributing towards its development, Nadaprabhu Kempegowda followed the practice of cutting the fingers of the left hand of an unmarried woman during a custom known as Bandi Devaru.
The ruler knew different languages, besides Kannada, and even authored a Yakshagana play in Telugu named Gangagaurivilasa.
Nadaprabhu Kempegowda died in the year 1569, the report added.