Malleswaram, located in the north-west of Bangalore, derives its name from the famous Kaadu Malleshwara temple. Originally, a village named Mallapura, Malleswaram was developed as a suburb during the great plague of 1898, which caused many people to move out from the city center. Malleswaram, together with Basavangudi, represents one of the oldest residential localities of Bangalore, and was planned by the then Dewan of Mysore Kingdom, Sir Sheshadri Aiyar.
The Chowdiah Memorial Hall, named after the violin maestro Tirumakudalu Chowdiah, is one of the most prominent landmarks of Malleswaram. Designed in the shape of a violin, the venue is a hub of arts and culture, playing host to a wide array of events - ranging from classical music concerts, to theatre and drama, to prestigious quiz competitions.
Due to a large presence of temples, many of which which were well established for more than 400 years, Malleswaram is home to a large orthodox Hindu population. Electorally, Malleswaram is largely regarded as a hub for Brahmins, a community which forms a sizeable and influential majority in this ward.
It is generally regarded as a safe and cogenial ward to live for Senior Citizens, in view of the fact that most hospitals are at a walking distance and good security. In addition, Senior Citizens are well served by the cultural / religious activities in this area.
Iyengars are quite prominent in Malleswaram, and are generally regarded as a well established large community with historic and family ties to Malleswaram.
Sir C V Raman was a prominent resident of Malleswaram and his house is still active in
8th Main Road, 15th Cross, close to MES College.
Malleswaram has old Hindu
temples constructed using the Dravidian
architecture which were built during King Venkojirao Bhonsle of Thanjavur
's time (17th century C. E.) like the Kadu Malleshwara temple, which is well attended during the holy day of Shivaratri
. At the Nandi Teertha temple, one can see water fall onto an idol of Shiva through the mouth of Nandi. The Lakshmi Narasimha Temple is also very famous. The Sri Krishna temple, is over 100 years old. The Circle Maramma Temple at 18th cross is very famous. New vehicles queue up for pooja every Friday. Kanchi Mutt, Kashi Mutt, and the Chitrapur Mutt are also located in Malleswaram. Malleswaram also has monasteries and trees which are more than 80 years old. Kannika Parameshwari Temple on 8th cross was built by the Arya Vaisya community in Malleswaram.
- 2nd Cross - State Bank of Mysore
- 3rd Cross - Hallimane
- 5th Cross - Malleswaram Circle, KC General hospital
- 7th Cross - Malleswaram Association, Central Tiffin Room (CTR)
- 8th Cross - For Shopping, Kannika Parameshwari (Vasavi) Temple, Ganesha Temple, Hotel Janatha
- 11th Cross - Krishna Temple, B.P Indian Public School, Sri Vidya Mandir Education Society , Malleshwaram Railway Station , Raghavendra tiffin room, Manipal Northside Hospital
- 13th Cross Market - Govt High School
- 4th Main - Hymamshu Jyothi Kala Peetha
- 8th Main - Canara Union Club & Hall
- 15th Cross -Cluny Convent, M. E. S. college, M.L.A College, Beagles ground , Veena Stores, Shri Chitrapur Math,Vasudev Adigas Sampige
- 17th Cross - Chaya Nursing Home ,
- 18th Cross - Malleswaram Bus Terminus, Maharani Lakshmi Ammanni College, Kendriya Vidyalaya Malleswaram, Government Boys PU College,KaatiZone
- Sampige Road - Starts near Old Raja Mills, and ends at Aranya Bhavan.many temples including Shirdi Saibaba temple Some good Restaurants like Vasudev Adigas Sampige, Shanti Sagar, Hallimane
- Margosa Road - Maharani Lakshmi Ammanni College, Kendriya Vidyalaya Malleswaram,Government Boys PU College,Malleswaram Telephone Exchange,Veena Stores, Sahyadri,Central Tiffin Room - famous for its 'Benne Masala Dosa' , Malleswaram Grounds
- 13th Cross - Sri Chamundi Scout Group, 21st Bangalore, is one of the oldest open unit scout group located right behind Malleswaram Market. Mysore Maharaja Wodeyar was one of prominent member of this group.
Malleswaram is well connected by the Bangalore Metropolitan Transportation Corporation buses (BMTC) with the downtown and other localities in Bangalore. Sampige Road and Margosa road are the two main roads running through the heart of Malleswaram. The vehicular density and the resulting pollution on these roads is a major cause of concern. Construction of the Malleswaram Underpass has alleviated some of the traffic problems. However, since a majority of the commuters to Malleswaram are from other areas of Bengaluru, inauguration of the Bangalore Metro could help in stabilising the vehicular population of Malleswaram. Experts suggest that the archaic and severely under-utilized Malleswaram Railway Station can alleviate the traffic problems of Malleswaram to a large extent, if it is developed into a Metro station.