This town of Bingrul with its massive fort gates and strong fort walls is an impressive place. Deep ditches, full of water drawn from big tanks, which are existing in its close proximity, surround the fort walls. Within the town are fine buildings, the most prominent being the palace.
- Description of Bangalore in the 1600s A chieftain who dreamt of a treasure unearthed it and built a brand new fort city! A son who strengthened the fort and set up watchtowers around the city to safeguard his kingdom the Kempegowdas of Bengaluru & Magadi has many tales to tell.
However, the image of the Gowdas is very distorted and takes a folksy populist route that glorifies the clan or just the first Gowda as a heroic folk chieftain who built the city of Bangalore that was sought after by everyone. Who is Kempegowda? How many were there of the same name? Where did they live? Why was Bangalore built? Which place do they come from?
Let's explore the life and times of this family, their earlier settlements, origins, the bits and pieces of Bengaluru and even earlier times of the Gowdas. From the early capital of Yelahanka, the trail takes one through some of the watchtowers, the temples that he built and understand a bit about life and times then.