Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently unveiled a 108-feet tall bronze statue of Sri Nadaprabhu Kempegowda in Bengaluru. The ‘Statue of Prosperity’ was built to commemorate the contribution of Nadaprabhu Kempegowda, the founder of Bengaluru.
About Sri Nadaprabhu Kempegowda:
- Nadaprabhu Hiriya Kempe Gowda (1510 - 1569) is also known as Kempe Gowda.
- He was an Indian ruler under the Vijayanagara Empire.
- The city of Bengaluru, capital of Karnataka, was founded by Kempe Gowda in 1537. He was successful in planning and building Bengaluru Fort and Bengaluru Pete, the foundation of Bengaluru.
- He is also noted for his societal reforms and contribution to building temples and water reservoirs in Bengaluru.
- One of his social reforms was to prohibit the custom of amputating the last two fingers of the left hand of the unmarried women during "Bandi Devaru", an important custom of Morasu Vokkaligas.
- He was a patron of art and learning.
Source : PIB