Gavi Gangadhareshwara Cave Temple and Vernacular Dwellings of Gavipuram: A Pilot Study

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History of Gavipuram

Gavipuram is one of Bengaluru’s oldest areas with a rich history. It is located between Chamrajpet and Basavanagudi (two other old areas in South Bengaluru). Gavipuram is near the Western watch tower built by Kempegowda. Kempegowda built four watch towers to mark the outer boundaries of Bengaluru. The Western watch tower at Gavipuram is near the Kempambudhi tank. Today the tank is a park and the tower still remains. Gavipuram was supposed to be a fertile area with abundant lakes and historical temples. Even today, Gavipuram has retained some of the older houses in vernacular style. Gavipuram’s agraharas remind people of the old world Bengaluru. Gavipuram has one of the oldest hillocks known as Harihara gudda. This hillock is now a well-maintained park which contains some of the old edifices and structures of Kempegowda’s time. A cultural and literary attraction in Gavipuram is Masti Venkatesha Iyengar’s house located between Basavanagudi and Gavipuram. The house is now a museum known as Masti Venkatesha Jeevana Karyalaya. The museum houses his collection of books and writings.


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Image source: British Library Online Gallery
Title: Entrance to a Hindoo Temple near Bangalore
Author: The British Library
Subjects: Daniell Collections, India, Bangalore, Karnataka, British School
Publication Details: 12-09-2008
Description: Plate 18 from the fifth set of Thomas and William Daniell's 'Oriental Scenery' called 'Antiquitie... Creator: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840); Medium: Aquatint, coloured; Date: 1808; Shelfmark: X432/5(18); Item number: plate 18; Genre: Print; Exhibition: Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections;