top historians in Karnataka have confirmed that the tomb was that of the founder of Bengaluru
Bangalore : The tomb was found accidentally in Kempapura village near Magadi, 62 km away from the IT city.
The Kannada inscription of that era on the tomb proclaims that Hiriya Kempegowda (Kempegowda I) had died at the spot while returning from Kunigal. However, no date is mentioned. Kempagowda was reportedly returning from Kunigal after settling a dispute. All top historians in Karnataka have confirmed that the tomb was that of the founder of Bengaluru. For years historians had been searching various places in and around Bengaluru and neighbouring Andhra Pradesh for the tomb. The tomb was accidentally found recently by Prashanth Marur, a college official-turned-historian when he was driving by Kempapura village. He saw a tomb similar to the ones that Kempegowda had built in the four corners of Bengaluru as the city’s boundaries. The tomb in Kemapura was covered by thick shrubs. Prashanth cleared the wild growth to find the surprise of his life — the inscription that proclaimed that Kepagowda was buried there. Soon a group of historians visited the tomb to authenticate it. It is believed that Immadi Kempegowda, the city founder’s son, built the tomb when his father died. Historians are now trying to find out what was the major dispute that forced Kempegowda to go to Kunigal. Of course, Kempegowda who founded Bengaluru as a small village will not recognise the present IT city and would have been confounded by its growth, but that is another story.