Sajjan Rao

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Rao Bahadur Sajjan Rao (1868–1942) was a businessman[1] and philanthropist from Bengaluru who was well known for his charities, educational institutions, hospitals, and hostels for the underprivileged.[2]

Early life[edit]

Sajjan Rao was born in Taggalla, Maddur in 1868 in a family of limited means. He traveled from Maddur to Bengaluru to work with his maternal uncle Bojagade Venkataraya in his shop and became one of the richest man in Bengaluru by 1926.[3][4]

Notable works[edit]

  • He built Subramanya Swamy temple, choultry at Sajjan Rao Circle.[3]
  • The maternity block at Vanivilas Women and Children Hospital in Bengaluru is named after him as a token of gratitude for his 50,000 rupees donation in 1930[2] which was demanded by Diwan Sir Mirza Ismail.[3]
  • He built roundabout at Sajjan Rao circle on the demand by the corporation to facilitate hassle free traffic movement.[3]
  • He has also constructed a dispensary at Sajjan Rao circle which he donated to the corporation in 1909.[3]
  • In 1909, he built a free hostel in the memory of his maternal uncle Venkat Rao Bhojagade which is called as Maratha hostel at present.[3]
  • He has also constructed educational institution for the poor students as well as the school for differently abled.[3]


  • He was awarded with the title Dharma Prakasha by King of Mysore in recognition of his social work .[4]
  • The circle near Lalbagh is named after him as Sajjan Rao Circle.[3]
  • Also, the road in V V Puram is named after him as Sajjan Rao road.[5]


Sajjan Rao died in 1942. He is buried near the Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple in Gavipuram.[3]


  1. ^ Jayapal, Maya (1997). Bangalore: the story of a city. Eastwest Books (Madras). ISBN 9788186852095.
  2. ^ a b "A block of history faces wipeout". Bangalore Mirror.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Here lies Sajjan Rao. Forgotten, forsaken". Bangalore Mirror.
  4. ^ a b "Sajjan Rao tomb: ಸಮಾಜ ಸೇವಕ ಸಜ್ಜನ್‌ ರಾವ್‌ ಅವರನ್ನು ಮರೆತ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು - here lies sajjan rao. forgotten, forsaken". Vijaya Karnataka (in Kannada). Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Contaminated tap water vexes VV Puram residents - Times of India". The Times of India.