Each year 1 November is celebrated as Karnataka Rajyotsava Day. In 1956, Kannada speaking regions of Mysore, Bombay and Madras presidencies merged to form Karnataka. Known to the world for its IT hub and the startup capital Bengaluru, Karnataka has an equally important cultural and historical past.
Vijayanagar Empire (Karnata) was one of the most extravagant kingdoms in Indian history where hawkers would trade gold and precious gems on the streets. Here are the 10 things one must know about Karnataka.
(This article was first published on 1 November 2016. It is being reposted from The Quint’s archives to mark Karnataka Rajyotsava Day)