View of Outer Ring Road from Marathahalli bridge
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In the historical times, Bengalooru was under the governance of Maratha Kings. Consequentially, many Marathi speaking families from Maharashtra came down and settled in this area therefore the area gained a name 'Marathahalli'. The word 'Halli' in Kannada means village.
Until the late 1990s the area was a sleepy village in the outskirts of Bangalore. Following the IT boom, its close proximity to HAL Airport, Whitefield, Sarjapur Road and Electronic City and the presence of the Outer Ring Road, this area has boomed into a self-sufficient township. There are a large number of cloth stores, shopping malls, supermarkets and other shops in this area which retail products at a cheaper rate compared to the rest of the city. A large number of flats and IT companies have also come up in the area. The first multiplex in Bangalore, Innovative Multiplex is located here.
Tamil and Telugu Inscriptions of Marathahalli
Doddanekkundi village, located North of Marathahalli, and much older than Marathahalli, has two ancient inscriptions in Tamil. The first inscription dated 1304, mentions the village name as Nerkundi and talks about the existence of a fort around the village constructed in 1304. The second inscription talks about the Hoysala king Ballala III granting the entire revenue of the Doddanekkundi village to the Shivagange Temple. There is also a Telugu inscription in Marathahalli. According to scholars, this shows the use of Tamil and Telugu in Bangalore, much before the reign of Krishnadevaraya of the Vijaynagar Kingdom.
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