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In Pictures: The statues in Bangalore have a story to tell

The statues sprinkled across the city pay homage to various freedom fighters, scholars and maharajahs of yesteryear.

Sri Chamarajendra Wodeyar BahadurSri Chamarajendra Wodeyar Bahadur Photos: Bhaktar Babu

Bangalore has a rich cultural heritage
and the city boasts of many temples, palaces, gardens and museums but, if you're looking to explore something new, the statues spread across the city have a story to tell. These statues are an inseparable part of history and are installed in remembrance of people who strove to bring about changes for the benefit of the masses. The social history throws up great stories about people who played a key role in shaping Bangalore.

Sri Chamarajendra Wodeyar Bahadur

The great Maharaja of Mysore whose statue is situated in Cubbon Park was dismantled from Curzon Park of Mysore and installed in Bangalore in 1908

Dr Kuppali Venkatappagowda Puttappa
A Jnanpith Award winner, otherwise known as Kuvempu, the former Vice-Chancellor of Mysore University is among the famous poets of India. This statue is located near Lalbagh Botanical Garden.

Dr Devaraj Urs
He was Chief Minister of Karnataka from 1972 to 1980. This statue is situated in the premises of Vidhana Soudha.

Located near Basveshwara Circle, Basavanna is considered to be the greatest social revolutionary of all time who revolted against the religion and caste practices in the 12th century. He contributed richly to the field of science and literature.

Kittoor Rani Chennamma
Located near Town Hall, Kittoor Rani Chennamma was the queen of the princely state of Kittur in Karnataka. She led an armed rebellion against the British in response to the Doctrine of lapse.

Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi hardly needs an introduction, known as the Father of the Indian Nation, he bravely fought for India's independence from the shackles of British. This statue is located at MG Road.

King Edward VI
Located at Minnerva Circle,  He was the King of Great Britain and Ireland and Emperor of India from 1901 to 1910

Located near Bangalore City Corporation, Kempegowda,  the founder of Bangalore was a chieftain of Yelahanka, a feudatory of the Vijayanagara Empire. He also built many monuments in and around Bangalore, including the famous Nandi Temple.

Sir M Visvesvaraya
Located near KR Circle,  Sir M. Visvesvaraya was without doubt one of the most influential makers of modern India. He was known to think beyond engineering and designed water supply schemes for a number of towns in Bombay, Hyderabad and Mysore.

Queen Victoria
Located at the entrance of Cubbon Park, Queen Victoria, Queen of Great Britain from 1837 to 1901, gave her name to the Victorian Era.

Located near Ulsoor Junction, The statue of Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar was unveiled in Bangalore on August 09, 2009. It marked the end of 18-year-old wait and also thawed relations between feuding states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

Kranthiveera Sangolli Rayanna
Located near Majestic Railway Station, Sangolli Rayanna was the famed General from the Kuruba community, who fought the British Raj till his death. He was a prominent freedom fighter from Karnataka. After a lot of feud between various political parties his statue was unveiled in the year 2010


Located in the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (FKCC) premises, Dr. Rajkumar was a legendary actor of Kannada Cinema and was fondly called Namma Annavaru.

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surya Nov 10th, 2011 01:59 PM

annavra statue is wonderfull

Anand Jun 28th, 2011 11:44 PM

Note to the editor :
Kranthiveera Sangolli Rayanna, was the famed general from INDIA, bracketing him parochially is not correct. He fought representing the honor of all INDIANS

Roshan Jun 13th, 2011 04:13 PM

you missed a very imp statue of  J N TATA at the IISC campus

Ram Jun 13th, 2011 12:35 PM

Good collection. 
But you should have mentioned the location of each of these statues so we could know where to find these. 

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