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Inscription reveals Bangalore is over 1,000 years old

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BANGALORE, AUG. 19. An inscription, dating back to 890 AD, shows Bangalore is over 1,000 years old.

But it stands neglected at the Parvathi Nageshwara Temple in Begur near the city.

`Bangaluru war'

Written in ``hale Kannada'' (old Kannada) of the 9th Century, the epigraph refers to a ``Bangaluru war'' in 890 AD in which Buttanachetty, a servant of Nagatta, died.

Though this has been recorded by historian R. Narasimhachar in his ``Epigraphia of Carnatica'' (Vol 10 supplementary), no efforts have been made to preserve it.

Documentation

To ensure that the antiquity of such inscriptions is maintained, the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) has started identifying and documenting epigraphs.

Art gallery

They will be preserved in the proposed Kempe Gowda Art Gallery to come up in the ground floor of the Mayo Hall.

The Mayor, P.R. Ramesh, and historians Suryanath U. Kamath and H.S. Gopal Rao and the coordinator of the Kempe Gowda Research Chair in the Bangalore University, M. Jamuna, went on a ``heritage trip'' in the city on Thursday.

Permission

The BMP would seek the permission of the State Archaeology Department to remove ``veera kallu'' (sculptures that depict valiant acts of warriors) and place them in the art gallery, the Mayor said.

"We have started the process of documenting epigraphs for the gallery. The offices in the ground floor of the Mayo Hall are being vacated and work on the museum will start soon," he told presspersons.

Antique value

Dr. Suryanath Kamath said several historic monuments in the city had lost most of their antique values during renovation.

"In the name of renovation, most of the antique values of the heritage monuments are lost. We should ensure that they are preserved as they are," he said.

Appeal

The historians appealed to the BMP to coordinate with the State Archaeology and Muzrai departments in maintaining the monuments.

They visited the Someshwara temples in Madivala and Ulsoor besides the Begur temple.

They also went to the St. Mary's Basilica, one of the oldest churches in the city, which was started in 1674 under a thatched roof in the then Blackpally area (now Shivajinagar), the Kempe Gowda Fort, Tipu's Palace and the Taramandalpet Masjid.

The Opposition leader in the BMP Council, B.R. Nanjundappa, and several senior BMP officials accompanied the Mayor.

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