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About Bangalore

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Temples & Religious Places

1. Nandi Temple
The bull referred to is a sacred Hindu demi-god, known as Nandi; Nandi is a close devotee and attendant of Shiva. Dodda Basavana Gudi is said to be the biggest temple to Nandi in the world. The stone monolith idol of Nandi is continually covered with new layers of butter, benne in the local language of Kannada.

There is an idol of the elephant-headed Hindu deity Ganesha close by.

2. Dharmaraya Swamy Temple
It is unique as it is dedicated to the Pandavas and not found anywhere else in India. The temple resembles the architectural features of the Gangas, the Pallavas and the Vijayanagara styles. The garbhagruha is in Ganga style, the vimanagopura is in Pallava style and the mukhamantapa is in Vijayanagar style, which shows the development of this temple in three different ages. The fourth stage of development of rajagopura and sabhangana was taken up in the 20th century.

3. Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple
Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple also Gavipuram Cave Temple, an example of Indian rock-cut architecture. The temple is famous for its mysterious stone discs in the forecourt and the exact planning allowing the sun to shine on shrine in certain time of the year. It was built in the 16th-century by Kempe Gowda I, the founder of the city.

4. Hulimavu cave Temple
The Hulimave cave temple, also known as the Hulimavu Shiva Cave Temple or simply the Cave Temple, is located very close to the BGS National Public School. The Cave Temple is administered by the Sri Sri Bala Gangadaraswami Mutt. It is stated that a saint Sri Ramanand Swamiji did tapas in the cave for many years and his samadhi is also found inside.

5. Ragigudda Anjaneya Temple
The Ragigudda Sri Prasanna Anjaneya temple is a temple dedicated to Hanuman located in Jayanagar 9th Block suburb of Bangalore. The temple also hosts a Shivalinga along with Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, Hanuman shrine in the same precinct. The temple is situated on a hillock.There is a smaller temple dedicated to Ganesha, Navagrahas and Rajarajeshwari at the base of the hillock. The temple also plays host to the holy trinity of the Hindu’s engraved on huge rocks at the side of the temple.


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Crops

The main crops grown here are rice, ragi, jowar, maize, and pulses (Tur and gram) besides oilseeds and number of cash crops. Cashews, coconut, arecanut, cardamom, chillies, cotton, sugarcane and tobacco are among the other crops produced in the state.

Offices & Industries

The headquarters of several public sector undertakings such as Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML), Central Manufacturing Technology Institute (CMTI) and HMT (formerly Hindustan Machine Tools) are located in Bangalore.

In June 1972 the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was established under the Department of Space and headquartered in the city. Bangalore also houses several research and development centres for many firms such as ABB, Airbus, Bosch, Boeing, GE, GM, Google, Microsoft, Mercedes-Benz, Nokia, Oracle, Philips, Shell, Toyota and Tyco.

Bangalore is called as the Silicon Valley of India because of the large number of information technology companies located in the city which contributed 33% of India’s ₹1,442 billion (US$23 billion) IT exports in 2006–07. Bangalore’s IT industry is divided into three main clusters – Software Technology Parks of India (STPI); International Tech Park, Bangalore (ITPB); and Electronics City. UB City, the headquarters of the United Breweries Group, is a high-end commercial zone. Infosys and Wipro, India’s third and fourth largest software companies are headquartered in Bangalore, as are many of the global SEI-CMM Level 5 Companies.

The growth of IT has presented the city with unique challenges. Ideological clashes sometimes occur between the city’s IT moguls, who demand an improvement in the city’s infrastructure, and the state government, whose electoral base is primarily the people in rural Karnataka. The encouragement of high-tech industry in Bangalore, for example, has not favoured local employment development, but has instead increased land values and forced out small enterprise.


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Schools

Schools-
1. Cluny Convent High School, Malleswaram
Address: 11th Main Rd, Malleshwaram, Bangalore Urban, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560003
Phone: 080 2334 6536

2. VIBGYOR High School
Address: No. 41, P.M Building,, Behind Shoppers Stop, 4th Main Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560076
Phone: 080 3374 3000

3. Orchids The International School
Address: 3rd main, 6th cross, N S Palya main road, Near café coffee day, Bilekahalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560076
Phone: 080 6001 7100

4.NITTE International School
Address: No.12, Myllappanahalli, Heseragetta Hobli, Yelahanka, Bangalore North., Karnataka 560064
Phone: 099457 57390

5. Sri Vidya Kendra – The Smart School
Address: Machohalli, 17th Km Off Magadi Road,Bapagram Post, Bangalore, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560091
Phone: 080 2977 1515


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Colleges

Colleges-
1. Bangalore Institute of Management Studies
Address: No.35, Opp RV College of Engineering, Mysore Road, Harsha Layout, Kengeri Satellite Town, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560059
Phone: 080 2860 8205

2. Bangalore Institute of Technology
Address: KR Road, V V Puram, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560004
Phone: 080 2661 5865

3. B.M.S. College of Engineering
Address: Bull Temple Rd, Basavanagudi, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560019
Phone: 080 2662 2130

4. Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute
Address: Fort, K.R. Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560002
Phone: 080 2670 1529

5. Bangalore City College
Address: Chellikere, Chikkatayappa Reddy Layout, Chelekare, Kalyan Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560043
Phone: 080 2545 9956


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Festivals

1. The Karaga festival is celebrated in the month of March-April. Karaga is the name given to an earthen pot, which symbolizes Shakti. Devotees place a karaga on their heads and join in the procession taken out at night. The procession comes to an end at the Sampangi tank, where all the pots are immersed in water.

It is believed that balancing the pot on the head is like a test through which the strength of a person’s character is tested. In the main temple procession, a priest, dressed up as woman, undertakes the same procedure.

2. Kadalekaye Parishe, also known as Peanut festival, falls in the month of November. It is held in order to celebrate the first groundnut crop of the year. As a part of the celebrations, the farmers of the city visit the Bull temple to seek blessings of God.

3. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated as a commemoration of the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha. It falls in the month of September and is celebrated throughout the country.</p.

4. Diwali festival is celebrated in the month of October-November. On this day, people worship Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha and seek blessings of prosperity.

5. Ugadi festival marks the beginning of the Kannad New Year, along with the advent of spring season. It falls in the second half of March or first half of April and is mainly devoted to Lord Brahma. The day begins with a ritual bath, early in the morning, and comes to an end with prayers that continue late into the night. It is believed that Lord Brahma created the world on this day only. Another popular belief related to Ugadi is that on this day, Lord Vishnu took an incarnation in the form of Matsya. 


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Places Around

1. Lal Bagh
Lalbagh or Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, meaning The Red Garden in English, is a well-known botanical garden in southern Bengaluru, India. It has a famous glass house which hosts two annual flower shows (26 January and 15 August). Lalbagh houses India’s largest collection of tropical plants, has a lake, and is one of the main tourist attractions in Bengaluru.

Lal Bagh is also home to a few species of birds. The commonly sighted birds include Myna, Parakeets, Crows, Brahminy Kite, Pond Heron, Common Egret, Purple Moor Hen etc.

2. Cubbon Park
It has a rich recorded history of abundant flora and fauna plantations coupled with numerous impressive and aesthetically located buildings and statues of famous personages, in its precincts. This public park was first named as Meade’s Park after Sir John Meade, the acting Commissioner of Mysuru in 1870 and subsequently renamed as Cubbon Park after the longest-serving commissioner of the time, Sir Mark Cubbon.

3. Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace
Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace, in Bangalore, India, is an example of Indo-Islamic architecture and was the summer residence of the Mysorean ruler Tipu Sultan. Hyder Ali commenced its construction within the walls of the Bangalore Fort, and it was completed during the reign of Tipu Sultan in 1791.

After Tipu Sultan’s death in the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War, the British Administration used the palace for its Secretariat before moving to Attara Kacheri in 1868. Today the government of Karnataka maintains the palace, which is located at the center of Old Bangalore near the Kalasipalyam bus stand, as a tourist spot.

4. Devanahalli Fort
It was originally built in 1501 by Mallabairegowda, which remained in the hands of his descendants until the mid–eighteenth century. In 1749, the then Dalwai of Mysore, Nanjarajaiah, attacked the fort and occupied it. Later, the fort passed into the hands of Hyder Ali and subsequently Tipu Sultan. In 1791, Lord Cornwallis laid siege to the fort and took possession during the Anglo-Mysore War.

5. Venkatappa Art Gallery
Venkatappa Art Gallery came into being with the foundation stone being laid by the then Chief Minister S.Nijalingappa on 24 November 1967. It took a long time to complete. Artists who were frustrated with the delays went on an innovative protest on the footpath in front of Bible Society demanding the gallery space be finished in 1971. Artists included G.S Shenoy, Bhaskar Rao, Ramesh Rao, Acharya and Punam Chattaya. The building was finally completed in 1975.


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Transportation
Rail

Bangalore is a divisional headquarters in the South Western Railway zone of the Indian Railways. There are four major railway stations in the city: Krantiveer Sangolli Rayanna Railway Station, Bangalore Cantonment railway station,

Yeshwantapur junction and Krishnarajapuram railway station, with railway lines towards Jolarpettai in the east, Chikballapur in the north-east, Guntakal in the north, Tumkur in the northwest, Nelamangala in the west, Mysore in the southwest and Salem in the south.

Air

Bangalore is served by Kempegowda International Airport (IATA: BLR, ICAO: VOBL), located at Devanahalli, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the city centre. It was formerly called Bengaluru International Airport. The airport started operations from 24 May 2008 and is a private airport managed by a consortium led by the GVK Group. The city was earlier served by the HAL Airport at Vimanapura, a residential locality in the eastern part of the city. The airport is third busiest in India after Delhi and Mumbai in terms of passenger traffic and the number of air traffic movements (ATMs). Taxis and air conditioned Volvo buses operated by BMTC connect the airport with the city.

Major Roads

State Highway 17 (SH-17) is a state highway connecting the cities of Bangalore and Mysore. NH71 connects Temple city Tirupati with Bangalore and Coastal Andhra Pradesh.


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Facts

1. A ledger entry found in the book that was released on the 125th anniversary of the club states the former UK prime minister owes Rs.13 as part of the unpaid bills at the club.The Bangalore Club is considered to be one of the most elite clubs in the country and was started in 1868 by a group of British officers.

2. It has maximum number of two-wheelers in the world.

3. The Forbes magazine considers Bangalore as one of “The Next Decade’s Fastest-Growing Cities”. The last 2 decades has seen tremendous growth of the city.

4. In 1906, Bangalore became one of the first cities in India to have electricity from hydro power, powered by the hydroelectric plant situated in Shivanasamudra. The building in City Market was the honored recipient of first electricity.
5. Except for the Gulf Region, Bangalore sends highest number of professionals abroad, especially to USA.
6. Think before disposing that empty chips packet or banana peel on the roads of Bangalore. It is so far considered one of the cleanest cities in India; let’s keep it that way.
7. At the height of over 3,000 feet (914.4 m) above sea level, Bangalore is situated even above Dehradun (630 m). No wonder the city enjoys pleasant climate throughout the year.


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Important Contacts Nos.

Police Control Room- 100
Fire Brigade- 101
Ambulance- 102

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