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Malleswaram is a north-western district of Bangalore city. It developed as a suburb during the great plague of 1898, which caused many people to move out from the city center. It derives its name from the Kaadu Malleshwara temple.
H. V. Nanjundaiah is credited with the founding of Malleswaram, and 6th main road is named after him. The neighborhood of Malleswaram hosts people from all walks of life. Nobel laureates (C.V. Raman), and world champions (Prakash Padukone) live or lived here, so did many writers, scholars, musicians (Doraiswamy Iyengar), film stars (SarojaDevi), and educators (M.P.L.Shastry).
The ward is characterized by mixed demographics, sustaining a substantial middle class, upper middle class, and elite residential areas. The middle and lower class populations live to the east of Malleswaram, while the elite residential areas are on the west. The lanes are designed with horizontal, north-south roads called main roads, and east-west roads called cross-roads. Two of the major main roads are Sampige Road and Margosa Road. Sampige road begins at Swastik Junction and runs all the way to 18th cross. It caters to traffic/vehicle movement from Majestic/Kempegowda Bus Station towards Yeshwantpur. Margosa Road caters to the vehicle movements in the reverse direction, i.e., From Yeshwanthpur to Majestic. On the cross-roads, 8th cross road is the most famous street for all kinds of purchases from clothes to accessories to fruits, vegetables to flowers to eateries. The road is always buzzing with people and gains more significance during festivities where the entire road will be blocked for vehicular movement and would resemble a market with items pertaining to each festival being put up on sale. Another prominent landmark in Malleshwaram is the Indian Institute of Science.The World Trade Center (WTC) is near by to Malleshwaram.
Malleswaram is home to many institutions. Some of the noted schools/colleges are:
- Indian Institute of Science
- Bangalore Education Society (BES), 8th cross, 4th Main Road.
- B.P.Indian Public School, 10th cross, 4th Main Road.
- MES Kishore Kendra, 15th cross
- Malleswaram Ladies Association, 13th cross
- Himanshu Jyothi kala Peeta, Between 15th and 17th cross, 4th Main Road.
- Vidya Mandir, 11th cross
- Vivekananda PU College, 17th Cross, Dr.Rajkumar Road
- Government Boys High School, 18th Cross
- Kendriya Vidyalaya Malleswara
- Inox Movies, Mantri Square
- PVR Cinemas, Orion Mall
- Natraj Theater, Swastik Junction
- Sampige Theater, Next to Mantri Square
- Savitha Mini theater, Behind Sampige Theater
- Cauvery Theater
Malleswaram has 2 malls in its vicinity.
- 1. Mantri Square on Sampige Road entrance at Swastik Junction. (Close to the proposed Swastik Metro Station)
- 2. Orion Mall on Dr.Rajkumar Road, Near Vivekananda PU College, 17th Cross Malleswaram. (Close to the proposed Soap Factory Metro Station)
Seva Sadan, 14th cross, near MLA college
Malleswaram is home to a large Hindu population. It has a vivid mix of other religions too.
Malleshwaram is well connected by the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation.Direct buses are available Malleshwaram to Kempegowda Bus Station and Yeshwanthpur.There is also a small Railway station located here.The Bangalore Metro construction is taking place in this area at a brisk pace.
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|Malleshwaram Railway Station||Sampige Road||Vyalikaval|
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