Ever since Bengaluru started expanding itself, with deploying loads of industries on its banks and outskirts, few villages fear of losing their heritage, and perhaps their existence too. Hebbal village, one of the oldest villages of Bengaluru is fighting to maintain its existence amid many tall buildings.
Over thousand year old village Hebbal lake, located in North Bengaluru, is fighting to preserve its heritage as the locals fears that soon, the catchment area of the 160 acre lake will be lost amid many pages of history. Bengaluru men claim that the wide spread area has begun to be crowded with industries and buildings, and the natural and structural heritage of the 1300 year old Hebbal has started to disappear as Bengaluru expands every day.
Hebbal lake, which until few years ago was tagged with the status ‘most elevated pat of Bengaluru’, is now finding its survival passage. Hebbal was once the administrative capital of 30 surrounding villages. Apart from an agriculture centre, it was also a crucial trade route connecting Bengaluru with many small districts.
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However, as par the many reports, farmlands of the region started disappearing five decades ago. Few old-timers continue to preserve land ownership records dating back to six generations, while many of them gave away their lands to the government for building infrastructure like schools, highways and railway lines.
Even with unplanned development, part of Hebbal continues to retain an old-world charm through its age-old temples. Moreover, over the last two months, at least four inscription stones have been discovered in the area, dating their existence back to the 8th century, making it one of the oldest area of Bengaluru.