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Know your neighbourhood -1: A walk inside Bangalore Pete

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Bangalore Pete was the city established by Hiriya Kempegowda in the 16th century. It is the area which was enclosed within the mud fort which was built around the same time. The mud fort was later replaced by a stone wall. A walk into the old Pete gives one the glimpse of the different lanes established by Kempegowda based on the occupation of the traders, like Aralepete, Akkipete, Chikpet, Doddapete, etc.
Some of the very old temples, built during the Vijayanagara kingdom under the chieftainship of Kempegowda can be seen still today.
The Doddapet or Avenue Road as it is called now, because it used to be lined with trees on both sides. One can see various old book vendors all along the Avenue road, alongside old temples built by different communities. The same road leads to the Dharmarayaswamy temple, of the Karaga fame belonging to the Thigala community.

Along side the southern entrance of the Pete, in the Chikkalalbagh area, is the Prasanna Krishnaswamy temple in'. Tulasi Thota…