Clockwise from top: UB City, Bagmane Tech Park, Infosys, Shiva statue, Glass house at Lal Bagh, Vidhana Soudha,
Clockwise from top: UB City, Bagmane Tech Park, Infosys, Shiva statue, Glass house at Lal Bagh, Vidhana Soudha,
Bangalore is located in Karnataka
Location in Karnataka
Bangalore is located in India
Bangalore (India)
Bangalore is located in Asia
Bangalore (Asia)
Coordinates: 12°59′N 77°35′E / 12°59′N 77°35′E / 12.983; 77.583

Bangalore, officially known as Bengaluru[14] ([ˈbeŋɡəɭuːɾu] (About this soundlisten)), is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. It has a population of over ten million,[8] making it a megacity and the third-most populous city and fifth-most populous urban agglomeration in India.[15] It is located in southern India, on the Deccan Plateau at an elevation of over 900 m (3,000 ft) above sea level, which is the highest among India's major cities.[16] Its multi-ethnic, multi-religious, and cosmopolitan character is reflected by its more than 1000 temples and Hindu mandirs, 400 Islamic mosques, 100 Christian churches, 40 Jain derasars, three Sikh gurdwaras, two Buddhist viharas and one Parsi fire temple located in an area of 741 km² of the metropolis. The religious places are further represented by the proposed Chabad of the Jewish community. The numerous Bahá'ís have a society called the Bahá'í Centre.

In 1537 CE, Kempé Gowdā – a feudal ruler under the Vijayanagara Empire – established a mud fort considered to be the foundation of modern Bengaluru and its oldest areas Or Petes which exist to the present day. After the fall of Vijayanagar empire in 16th century, the Mughals sold Bangalore to Chikkadevaraja Wodeyar (1673–1704), the then ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore for three lakh rupees.[17] When Haider Ali seized control of the Kingdom of Mysore, the administration of Bangalore passed into his hands. It was captured by the British East India Company after victory in the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War (1799), who returned administrative control of the city to the Maharaja of Mysore. The old city developed in the dominions of the Maharaja of Mysore and was made capital of the Princely State of Mysore, which existed as a nominally sovereign entity of the British Raj.

In 1809, the British shifted their cantonment to Bangalore, outside the old city, and a town grew up around it, which was governed as part of British India. Following India's independence in 1947, Bangalore became the capital of Mysore State, and remained capital when the new Indian state of Karnataka was formed in 1956. The two urban settlements of Bangalore – city and cantonment – which had developed as independent entities merged into a single urban centre in 1949. The existing Kannada name, Bengalūru, was declared the official name of the city in 2006.

Bengaluru is sometimes referred to as the "Silicon Valley of India" (or "IT capital of India") because of its role as the nation's leading information technology (IT) exporter.[1][18][19] Indian technological organisations ISRO, Infosys, Wipro and HAL are headquartered in the city. A demographically diverse city, Bangalore is the second fastest-growing major metropolis in India.[20] Bengaluru has one of the most highly educated workforces in the world.[21] It is home to many educational and research institutions, such as Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore) (IIMB), International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore (IIITB), National Institute of Fashion Technology, Bangalore, National Institute of Design, Bangalore (NID R&D Campus), National Law School of India University (NLSIU) and National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS). Numerous state-owned aerospace and defence organisations, such as Bharat Electronics, Hindustan Aeronautics and National Aerospace Laboratories are located in the city. The city also houses the Kannada film industry.


The name "Bangalore" represents an anglicised version of the Kannada language name and its original name, "Bengalūru" ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು [ˈbeŋɡəɭuːru] (About this soundlisten). It is the name of a village near Kodigehalli in Bangalore city today and was used by Kempegowda to christen the city as Bangalore at the time of its foundation. The earliest reference to the name "Bengalūru" was found in a ninth-century Western Ganga Dynasty stone inscription on a "vīra gallu" (ವೀರಗಲ್ಲು) (literally, "hero stone", a rock edict extolling the virtues of a warrior). In this inscription found in Begur, "Bengalūrū" is referred to as a place in which a battle was fought in 890 CE. It states that the place was part of the Ganga Kingdom until 1004 and was known as "Bengaval-uru", the "City of Guards" in Halegannada (Old Kannada).[22][23]

An apocryphal story recounts that the 12th century Hoysala king Veera Ballala II, while on a hunting expedition, lost his way in the forest. Tired and hungry, he came across a poor old woman who served him boiled beans. The grateful king named the place "benda-kaal-uru" (literally, "town of boiled beans"), which eventually evolved into "Bengalūru".[22][24][25] Suryanath Kamath has put forward an explanation of a possible floral origin of the name, being derived from benga, the Kannada term for Pterocarpus marsupium (also known as the Indian Kino Tree), a species of dry and moist deciduous trees, that grew abundantly in the region.[26]

On 11 December 2005, the Government of Karnataka announced that it had accepted a proposal by Jnanpith Award winner U. R. Ananthamurthy to rename Bangalore to Bengalūru.[27] On 27 September 2006, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) passed a resolution to implement the proposed name change.[28] The government of Karnataka accepted the proposal, and it was decided to officially implement the name change from 1 November 2006.[29][30] The Union government approved this request, along with name changes for 11 other Karnataka cities, in October 2014, hence Bangalore was renamed to "Bengaluru" on 1 November 2014.[31][32]

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Bangalore
አማርኛ: በንጋሉሩ
العربية: بنغالور
অসমীয়া: বেংগালুৰু
asturianu: Bangalore
azərbaycanca: Banqalor
تۆرکجه: بنقلور
Bân-lâm-gú: Bangalore
беларуская: Бангалор
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Бангалор
भोजपुरी: बंगलौर
български: Бенгалуру
brezhoneg: Bengaluru
буряад: Бенгалуру
català: Bangalore
Cebuano: Bangalore
čeština: Bengalúr
Chi-Chewa: Bangalore
Cymraeg: Bangalore
dansk: Bangalore
Deutsch: Bengaluru
dolnoserbski: Bangalore
डोटेली: बेङ्गलोर
eesti: Bangalore
Ελληνικά: Μπανγκαλόρ
español: Bangalore
Esperanto: Bengaluro
euskara: Bangalore
فارسی: بنگلور
Fiji Hindi: Bengaluru
français: Bangalore
Gaeilge: Bangalore
Gàidhlig: Bangalore
galego: Bangalore
ગુજરાતી: બેંગલોર
한국어: 벵갈루루
Hausa: Bengaluru
հայերեն: Բանգալոր
हिन्दी: बंगलौर
hornjoserbsce: Bangalore
hrvatski: Bangalore
বিষ্ণুপ্রিয়া মণিপুরী: বাঙ্গালোর
Bahasa Indonesia: Bengaluru
íslenska: Bangalore
italiano: Bangalore
עברית: בנגלור
Jawa: Bangalore
kalaallisut: Bangalore
ಕನ್ನಡ: ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು
Kapampangan: Bangalore
ქართული: ბენგალურუ
kernowek: Bengalour
Kiswahili: Bangalore
kurdî: Bangalor
Кыргызча: Бангалор шаары
Latina: Bengalurus
latviešu: Bengalūru
lietuvių: Bengalūras
magyar: Bengaluru
मैथिली: बेङ्गलोर
Malagasy: Bangalore
മലയാളം: ബെംഗളൂരു
Māori: Bangalore
मराठी: बंगळूर
მარგალური: ბანგალორი
Bahasa Melayu: Bangalore
Mirandés: Bangalore
монгол: Бангалор
မြန်မာဘာသာ: ဘန်ဂလိုမြို့
Na Vosa Vakaviti: Begaluru
Nederlands: Bangalore
नेपाली: बेङ्गलोर
नेपाल भाषा: बेङ्गलूरु
нохчийн: Бангалор
norsk: Bangalore
norsk nynorsk: Bangalore
occitan: Bengaloro
олык марий: Бангалор
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Bangalor
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਬੰਗਲੌਰ
پنجابی: بینگلور
پښتو: بنگلور
polski: Bengaluru
português: Bangalore
Qaraqalpaqsha: Bangalor
română: Bengaluru
Runa Simi: Bangalore
русский: Бангалор
ᱥᱟᱱᱛᱟᱲᱤ: ᱵᱮᱝᱜᱟᱞᱩᱨᱩ
संस्कृतम्: बेङ्गळूरु
Scots: Bangalore
sicilianu: Bangaluri
සිංහල: බැංගලෝර්
Simple English: Bengaluru
slovenčina: Bangalúr
slovenščina: Bangalore
ślůnski: Bengaluru
کوردی: بەنگالۆر
српски / srpski: Бангалор
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Bangalor
suomi: Bangalore
svenska: Bangalore
Tagalog: Bangalore
татарча/tatarça: Bäñgäluru
తెలుగు: బెంగుళూరు
тоҷикӣ: Бангалор
Türkçe: Bangalore
українська: Бенгалуру
اردو: بنگلور
ئۇيغۇرچە / Uyghurche: Ban'galor
vepsän kel’: Bangalor
Tiếng Việt: Bengaluru
Volapük: Bangalore
Winaray: Bangalore
吴语: 班加罗尔
ייִדיש: באנגאלאר
Yorùbá: Bangalore
粵語: 班加羅爾
中文: 班加羅爾