Who built the towers?

Here’s a question for you – Who built the 4 towers in Bangalore?

Yes, I am talking about the ones at Lalbagh, Ulsoor, Kempambudhi and Mekhri Circle. The same tower that the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike has adopted as its logo.

The answer is not as easy as it seems. Think carefully, and be as specific as possible! And no googling! :)

The answer, and more information – tomorrow!

Update: It was not Kempegowda, the founder of Bangalore, who built the four towers! It was, in fact, his son, Kempegowda II who built them. Surprised? So was I. :) More info here. (Courtesy Rubic_Cube.)

10 Comments so far

  1. F e r r a r i (unregistered) on July 18th, 2006 @ 4:14 pm

    Kempe Gowda?

  2. ramses (unregistered) on July 18th, 2006 @ 5:50 pm

    KEmpe Gowda!!

  3. rubic_cube (unregistered) on July 18th, 2006 @ 7:28 pm

    Mr. Kempe Gowda

  4. rubic_cube (unregistered) on July 18th, 2006 @ 7:56 pm

    Whoa.. Just got off the phone, speaking with a friend who is a manninna maga of bengaluru and he says that it was King Kempananje Kempe Gowda’s son who built the 4 towers. His name was Hiriya Kempe Gowda. The entire clan was called as Kempe Gowda-s only and so we are not likely to know which Kempe Gowda it is. Hiriya Kempe Gowda was also called Bengaluru Kempe Gowda because he established this city. Damn it.. I didnt know this! Not willing to accept the theory, I googled for “Hiriya Kempe Gowda” and got this page: http://www.myvpa.org/about2.htm. And spent sometime reading it all. Wow.. What a history to this great city! Lovely… must read!!

    (Sorry to spoil the fun – Shruthi.. but the excitement was too much to contain!)

  5. Ravi (unregistered) on July 18th, 2006 @ 8:19 pm

    Hey RC,
    That link does not work….period! You get it?

  6. Shruthi (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 10:12 am

    Spoil the fun, RC? You just added to it! :D

    Ferrari, Ramses, you were right, but not quite! :D

    To put it simply, the four towers were built by Kempegowda II, the son of Kempegowda who founded Bangalore.

    RC, Thanks for the interesting link, without the period of course :D

  7. F e r r a r i (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 2:00 pm

    Prizes accepted in cash and cheque :D

  8. rubic_cube (unregistered) on July 20th, 2006 @ 2:14 am

    For all those who are not getting the page at the above link … drop the ‘.’ at the end. The correct URL is http://www.myvpa.org/about2.htm

  9. Srinivasa (unregistered) on July 20th, 2006 @ 5:17 am

    Of course most of the original residents who know the history of this great city knew about this. If the myvpa.org information was too much to read here is a shorter version. Check Out.

  10. Shruthi (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 5:23 pm

    Ferrari: Sorry, you were not specific enough ;)

    Rubic Cube: Thank you :)

    Srinivasa: Yeah, we were just brought up with the info – “Those are Kempegowda’s towers” – we weren’t told that they were actually built by his son! And thanks for the link! :)

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