All about PETE (ಪೇಟೆ)

When Bangalore was formed in the year 1537 by Kempe Gowda the place was divided or classified into many small pete in it, during that time Bangalore was hardly from Majestic area to Market area surroundings.
Pete in Kannada means market,[Pete=should sound like pay-tae], so during that time Kempe Gowda had divided the Bangalore in to many pete based on the trade or community who live there.

The main Pete’s during Kempe Gowda period are

  • Akkipete – For the rice traders
  • Aralepete – For the cotton cloth traders (now known as cotton pete)
  • Balepete(For bangle/flowers traders
  • Chikkapete – For small general traders.
  • Doddapete – For big general traders.
  • Ganigarapete – For oil traders
  • Halasurupete – No idea about this
  • Kumbarapete – For clay/pot traders
  • Kurubarapete – For sheep/goat traders
  • Mamulpete – For general traders
  • Mandipete – No idea about this
  • Mutyalapete – For pearl traders
  • Nagartarapete – For gold/silver traders
  • Ragipete- For ragi traders
  • Seegebelipete – No idea about this
  • Sunnakalpete – For limestone traders
  • Taragupete – No idea about this
  • Thigalarapete – For farmers (mainly for a community called tigala)
  • Upparapete – For salt traders

However later some more pete’s added to Bangalore during Mughal, British, Wodeyar and others period. Below are the few pete’s added later.

  • Chamarajapete – Named in respect with Wodeyar king.
  • Cubbonpete – Named in respect with Cubbon
  • Sultanpete – Named during Mughal time.
  • Taramandalapete – No idea about this.

Well, The above list is best to my knowledge, However there could be chances that I have left some pete’s in the list or misunderstood or unknown the purpose of some pete’s, Incase if some of you have a valued information on pete’s do share with us.

16 Comments so far

  1. Anna (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 4:18 pm

    What about Pete Sampras?

  2. Bengalooru Hudga (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 4:29 pm

    Good, very nice information about Bangalore!! Well Tried..! hav heard abt some pete’s in Rajesh’s Colourful Post. This Post hav gr8 info about Namma Bengalooru… Some Time back some FM had some Great info to share about Petes! May be Radio Mirchi!!

    Well some day Pete Sampras will visit all Petes With kannada Actress Ramya!!

    Infolines-If its not available in google Just Ask Me!!

  3. tarlesubba (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 5:20 pm

    shadow cool.

    anna thats pay-tae

  4. SHADOW (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 5:36 pm


    Bengalooru Hudga, Good info from you.

    Tarlesubba: Thanks, I added your pay-tae in post to avoid confuse if any.

  5. Prashanth M (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 6:02 pm

    Upparapete is not For salt traders. Uppara is also a community.

    Mandipete – is the place where most of wholesale business happens.. It can be any kind of business. Based on the type of business they call it differently like akki mandi, raagi mandi, kobbari mandi etc.

  6. Prashanth M (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 6:06 pm
  7. usha (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 6:58 pm

    ಪೇಟೆ :-)

    Chamarajapete: was the first planned extension of Bangalore.

  8. Mehak (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 11:15 pm

    nice informative post.

  9. Briju Prasad (unregistered) on May 18th, 2007 @ 1:48 am

    Nice post to compliment the one from Rajesh Dangi’s excellent pictures.

  10. R.A. Levin (unregistered) on May 18th, 2007 @ 10:18 am

    What about Cottonpete (Cottonpet)?
    Is the Cotton part of that English, or a homonymn with a word in Kannada?
    This is a fascinating subject! Good every-day knowledge to have.
    Thanks Shadow!


  11. R.A. Levin (unregistered) on May 18th, 2007 @ 10:47 am

    Should have looked at Usha’s post again, before gleefully tapping away. One question answered! :)


  12. Deepa Mohan (unregistered) on May 18th, 2007 @ 11:47 am

    So nice to read about the “pete”s, and also get info about “sandra”s and “palya”s…and let me add that “halli” in Kannada (meaning “village”) is “palli” in tamil and indeed, in Bengali too…

    I thought, at first, that “pete” (WHAT an unphonetic and confusing language this English is!!) was the plural of “peta”, and that I was going to read about the famous Karnataka “peta” or turban….

  13. R.A. Levin (unregistered) on May 18th, 2007 @ 12:03 pm

    Make that two. Lol!
    I should wake up, before I even switch the computer on. :))

  14. Deepa Mohan (unregistered) on May 18th, 2007 @ 1:16 pm

    Also, Chitra…it’s all in alphabetical order..I am impressed! And I loved Anna’s comment too…I do enjoy reading Metblogs as much as I enjoy writing for it!

  15. SHADOW (unregistered) on May 18th, 2007 @ 6:56 pm

    You are right, Uppara is a community but they were also doing salt trade right ?

    Thanks for info.


    Briju, Thanks.

    Levin,I already mentioned about Cottonpete, BTW initially it was called as Aralepete later turned to cottonpete(cotton here is english one),Will check for Kamarajpete.


  16. usha (unregistered) on May 19th, 2007 @ 10:53 am

    ‘ಪೇಟೆ’ಯಲ್ಲಿ ‘ಟೆ’ಗೆ ದೀರ್ಘ ಇಲ್ಲ. ಅಂದರೆ ಅದು ‘ಪೇಟೆ’ .. ‘ಪೇಟೇ’ ಅಲ್ಲ. ಸರಿ ಮಾಡಿ. ಓದಕ್ಕೆ ಬೇಜಾರಗತ್ತೆ.

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