On the occasion of the 511th birth anniversary of Nadprabhu Kempegowda, the Government of Karnataka will build his 108 feet tall statue. The statue will be built in front of Kempegowda International Airport in Bangalore and will be laid on 27th June on the occasion of Kempegowda’s birth anniversary. This has been confirmed by Dr. C. N. Ashwath Narayan, Deputy Chief Minister and Vice-Chairman of Kempegowda Development Authority.
He informed that the 511th birth anniversary of Kempegowda is on 27 June. A puja will be organized on this occasion and the construction of 108 feet high bronze statue will start on the same day. A model of the statue has been prepared and finalized after the approval of the Chief Minister of Karnataka BS Yeddyurappa.
The statue will be ready for Rs 66 crore
Deputy CM said that it would cost Rs 66 crore and the work of the idol would be completed in the next 1 year. Well-known sculptors Ram and Anil Sutar have been given the task of idol-making. They will sign the contract soon.
Who was Kempegowda?
Kempegowda became known as a wise and artistic king during the Vijayanagara Empire. The city of Bengaluru that we see today was a brainchild of Kempegowda. Kempegowda decided to make Bengaluru his capital in 1537 and redesigned Bengaluru. Kempe Gowda ruled for 56 years from 1513 while his father Kempananje Gowda ruled for 70 years.