The mysteries of Bengaluru’s famed Gavi Gangadhareshwara temple
A tale of scientific knowledge, architectural prowess and some intriguing local history
There are many stories about the origin of Bengaluru’s name. One popular apocryphal version recounts the tale of a king from the Hoysala dynasty coming to the city in the 12th century on a hunting spree and losing his way. The hungry king, the story goes, was given a traditional welcome by an old woman, who offered him water and boiled beans—benda kaalu in Kannada. The grateful king was supposed to have named the settlement “Bendakaaluru": The town of boiled beans. This evidently metamorphosed to Bengaluru in due course of time.