Who doesn’t know about this Indian engineer, scholar, statesman, diwan of Mysore and the recipient of the highest civilian award of the Republic of India, Bharat Ratna. He is none other than Sir M. Vishweshwaraya – Sir M V.
We had heard from a friend of ours that one could visit Sir M V’s birthplace and it is a beautiful one. So one Saturday we set out for this place from Bengaluru. Birthplace is located in a small village called Muddenahalli in the state of Karnataka. We took about an hour and a half to reach there from Bengaluru.
When you reach there you will see Sir M V’s ancestral home and a museum next to it. Home is simply elegant and beautiful, you can only see it from the outside. The museum showcases the collection of Sir M V’s belongings including from his horoscope to passbook to writings to awards and many many other personal belongings. You can see his Bharata Ratna Award! It is a great feeling going through all of these items belonging to such a high achiever.
When you are there don’t miss out the Samadhi which is right there you can walk down to alongside a beautiful park. All of which is on the Sir M V’s family owned land, very well maintained. It is surrounded by a beautiful scenery of Nandi Hills. A very peaceful setting and when we went there, a Saturday in Jun 2016, only few people were there visiting. You can just meditatively sit there as long as you want and pay homage to this greatest visionary.
A must visit for inspiration, take your kids out there atleast once. You can spend all day here in this peaceful setup if you like or combine exploring Nandi Hills, Bhoga Nandeeshwara temple and other nearby attractions.