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STATUES OF BANGALORE CITY

Bangalore has numerous statues honouring those who had contributed to the development of the city or nation. The rich hisory of Bangalore is immortalized in stone and marble, personalities ranging from Statesmen, Politicians, Poets, Philosophers, Architects, Dewans, Kings & Queens. Stone Sculptures God Statues and Statues of Eminent Personalities in Bengaluru, Shiva & Ganesha statues in Kemp Fort Total Mall, Lakshimi Narasimha Statue, Tallest Statue of Hanuman, Nandi Bull Temple Bangalore, Mahatma Gandhi Statue, Thiruvalluvar statue and more are detailed.

Sri Chamarajendra Wodeyar Bahadur
Chama Raja Wadiyar was the ruling Maharaja of Mysore between 1881 and 1894. The great Maharaja of Mysore whose statue is situated in Cubbon Park.

Many of the most famous landmarks of Mysore and Bangalore like Bangalore Palace, Lalbagh Glass House, Oriental Research Institute Mysore, Maharaja's College Mysore, Maharaja's Sanskrit School, Government Office, Lansdowne Bazaar & Dufferin Tower owe their existence to him.



Sri Chamarajendra Wodeyar Bahadur
The most artistic and elegant structure in Lalbagh is the statue of His Highness Chamaraja Wodeyar, the then Maharaja of Mysore (1881-1894). The statue was originally erected at Curzon Park in Mysore City. It is a metallic, equestrian statue, painted with black colour. The statue is installed on marble pedestal of about ten feet height. This section of Lalbagh is called 'Statue Garden' having an oval layout. Throughout the year there will be blooms in this garden as different flowering trees are planted all along the periphery of oval garden.



Queen Victoria
Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. The statue stands imperiously in front of Cubbon Park. George Frederick Ernest Albert, Prince of Wales & Duke of Cornwall & York unveiled this statue on the 5th February 1906.



Sir Mark Cubbon
Sir Mark Cubbon was Commissioner for Coorg and Mysore 1834-1861. An eminent ruler who played a key role in ensuring the economic and physical stability of the state. The statue was unveiled in front of the Karnataka High Court in March 1866 by Lewin Bowring.



Sir K.S. Sheshadri Iyer
The Dewan of Mysore for 18 consecutive years was an illustrious administrator. The staue is situated in front of the State Central Library (also called Cubbon Library). This statue was unveiled by the then Viceroy and Governor General, Lord Charles Baron Hardinge of Penshurst on the November 20, 1913.

Dr M.H. Marigowda
The former director of horticulture who made Karnataka, a model state in the field, by revolutionising the crop development.. He was honoured with "Jewel of Horticulture" title. The statue was unveiled in front of Lalbagh by the then Chief Minister M. Veerappa Moily on 24-4-93.



Dr K. V. Puttappa
A Jnanpith Award winner, otherwise known as Kuvempu, the former Vice-Chancellor of Mysore university and one among the famous poets of India. Former chief minister, S.Nijalingappa unveiled the statue at Lalbagh entrance.

Another Statue is installed nearFreedom Park Bangalore.



Prof. B.M. Shreekantaiah
A versatile figure in Kannada literature was otherwise known as Ghanavidwansa. This statue was gifted by B.M. Shreekantaiah Pratimaa Samiti and unveiled by the then Vice Chief Minister of Karnataka Shri Siddharamaiah. The statue is located at South End Circle.



Dr Devaraj Urs
Dr Devaraj Urs was Chief Minister of Karnataka from 1972 to 1980. P.V. Narasimha Rao, formerly the Prime Minister of India, unveiled this statue on August 31st, 1994 in front of Vidhana Soudha.



Kengal Hanumanthaiah
He was the Chief Minister of the State of Mysore from 1952 t0 1956. The then President of India, Gyani Zail Singh unveiled the statue in June, 1985 in front of Vidhana Soudha.



Basavanna
He was a great social reformer, and crusader against untouchability and superstition. He was the Prime Minister of King Bijjala of 12th Century. The statue was unveiled on 26-8-1994 at Basaveshwara Circle behind the Legislators Home.



Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya
Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya was the Dewan of Mysore for six years from 1912. This statue in front of the Krishnarajendra Silver Jubilee Technological Institute at the K. R. Circle was unveiled by Sri V.V. Giri the then President of India on 14-9-1970.



Another statue of Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya is vailable near Puttenahalli.



Kittoor Rani Chennamma
The great warrior who fought against the British for freedom to the very end and became a legend in her own lifetime. This Statue was unveiled by the then Chief Minister Shri J.H. Patel in October 1999 next to Sir Puttanna Chetty Town Hall.



Kempegowda
Hiriya Kempe Gowda (1513-1569) well known as Kempe Gowda I, was a feudatory ruler under the Vijayanagara Empire. The city of Bengaluru itself was established by Kempe Gowda in 1537, as the capital of his erstwhile kingdom. He is considered to be the founder of Bengaluru, currently the capital of Karnataka. The then Governor of Madras, Shri Jaya Chamaraja Wodeyar Bahadur unveiled the statue on 1st November 1964. It is located in front of the City Corporation offices.



Kempegowda statue was inaugurated at Gottahalli village, Jannagatta Grama Panchayat kolar Talluk and kolar District 7 ft statue it is and it is inaugurated on 16 Nov 2014. Kempegowda Museum is a government museum located in Bangalore, Karnataka. It was established in the year 2011 is dedicated to Yelahanka chieftain Kempegowda. The museum is located on the first floor of Mayo Hall. The museum has Kempegowda's statue as well as posters and pictures of forts, temples, reservoirs and inscriptions from his time.



Shivaji
The great Maratha King famous for his guerilla warfare against the Mughal invaders. Chief Minister Shri M. Veerappa Moily unveiled this equestrian statue on 10th January 1994.



Mahatma Gandhi
This statue at Subbanna Circle near Race Course was unveiled by the then AICC President Sitaram Kesri on Saturday 7-11-1997.

There is another statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Bhavan.



Mahatma Gandhi
This statue is situated at the Mahatma Gandhi park on M.G. Road. It was unveiled by the then Indian National Congress President U.N. Patel on 30th October 1955.



Jawaharlal Nehru
The first Prime Minister of India, a man who loved India, with all his mind and heart. Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi unveiled the statue on 8 February 1991 in front of Vidhana Soudha.



Raja Ram Mohan Roy
The father of Modern India and the founder of Brahma Samaj. He was the arch that spanned the gulf between ancient caste and modern humanity between superstitution and science, between Despotism and Democracy. This statue is on the road that bears his name.



Rajiv Gandhi
Former Prime Minister of India, this statue was unveiled recently by Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Congress President on 18th March 2001. It is located near Nataraj Talkies, Seshadripuram.



Edward VII
King of Great Britain and Ireland and Emperor of India from 1901 to 1910. This statue was erected by public subscription in 1914 and unveiled by Frederic Napier Baron Chelmsford, Viceroy and Governor General Of India on 28th November 1919.



Dr B.R. Ambedkar
"The architect of the Indian constitution". Former Chief Minister of Karnataka Shri S.R. Gundu Rao unveiled this statue on 19th August 1981. It is located in front of Vidhana Soudha.



Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose
A great freedom fighter and the founder of the Indian National Army. Karnataka Chief Minister S.M. Krishna unveiled Statue on 22nd January 2001 in front of Vidhana Soudha.



D. V. Gundappa
Devanahalli Venkataramanaiah Gundappa, popularly known as DVG, was a Kannada writer and philosopher. His most notable work is the Manku Thimmana Kagga, which is similar to the wisdom poems of the late medieval poet Sarvajna. Statue of D V Gundappa is present at Bugle Rock Gardens.



Dr. Rajkumar
Singanalluru Puttaswamayya Muthuraju known mononymously by his screen name Rajkumar was an actor and singer in the Kannada film industry. Dr. Rajkumar is considered a cultural icon of Kannada, where he is also known as Rajanna, Natasarvabhouma, Gaana Gandharva, and as Annavru.

The bronse statue of Dr Rajkumar is installed at Kurbarahalli Circle in Nandini Layout. The statue which is placed inside a stone chariot that replicates the one in Hampi. The bronze statue in his Mayura (the film) avatar was sculpted by DC Shivakumar a resident of Bangalore. The stone chariot weighs around 45 tonnes and is 14 ft while the statue is around 10 ft in height. The chariot is made out of black stone picked up from HD Kote and they had a reason to install it particularly at Kurubarahalli circle.



On 9 December 2012, Sandalwood legendary actor DR. Rajkumar's statue was inaugurated at Basavanagudi.



BBMP unveiled the 13 feet statue of Dr Rajkumar at South End Circle on January 30, 2014. The statue resembles Rajkumar's character from the film Kasturi Nivasa. The statue was commissioned by BBMP seven years ago and was originally planned to be unveiled on November 1, 2009. It was earlier planned to be installed between the BBMP office and Town Hall. But that plan did not materialise. Last year the location of South End circle was chosen. The statue made of brass is designed by sculptor CJ Nagaraj Achar. The Statue is put up next to the 61-ft Ambara Chumbana clock tower.



Another Statue of Rajkumar is at Lumbini Gardens, in his Babruvahana avatar. The statue appears near the Nagavara Lake gate.



The bust of Raj Kumar as Kaviratna Kaalidasa, the role he portrayed in the same film is installed in the Upparpet Junction. The bust is installed inside a mantapa built for the statue. The mantapa is called kaashipatimantapa. The mantapa is decorated with an image of Lakshmi on the top with two elephants holding lotus flower in their trunks.



Another Statue of Rajkumar statue was installed by the Gangambika Kannada Youth Society and the village residents of Kariyannapalya in Lingarajapuram. The bust of Rajkumar is painted a coppery-bronze.



Vishnuvardhan
Sampath Kumar popularly known as Dr. Vishnuvardhan was a prominent Indian film actor. He was more than just an actor in Karnataka and was called The Phoenix of Indian Cinema. He has acted in Kannada, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Tamil films.

A full profile statue of Vishnuvardhan as protagonist in the film aaptarakshaka is installed in Goripalya. Other Vishnuvardhan Statues are at Laggere and KP Agrahara.



J N Tata
Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata was an Indian pioneer industrialist, who founded the Tata Group, India's biggest conglomerate company. He was born to a Parsi Zoroastrian family in Navsari then part of the princely state of Baroda.

Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata founded what would later become the Tata Group of companies. Jamsetji Tata is regarded as the legendary "Father of Indian Industry".

Statue of the founder J N Tata is installed in front of IISc Main Building. He is holding a replica of the main building in his left hand.



Swami Vivekananda
Swami Vivekananda was Indian Hindu monk and chief disciple of the 19th-century saint Ramakrishna. He was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world and is credited with raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion during the late 19th century. He was a major force in the revival of Hinduism in India, and contributed to the concept of nationalism in colonial India. Vivekananda founded the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission.

Statue of Swami Vivekananda is installed Basavanagudi.



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