Domlur is a small township located in the eastern part of Bangalore city in India. Earlier it was known as Bhagat Singh Nagar, but for some unknown reasons, it is better known as Domlur. There is a debate over the exact meaning of Domlur From what can be deciphered from old people living in the area, Domlur is a word derived from Tombalur, a kind of flower which is used to worship Lord Shiva. This is further supported by the inscriptions found in Chokkanathaswamy temple in Domlur, which is believed to be constructed by Cholas. Another story says that the name Domlur is derived from the Telugu word "Domulu" which means mosquito. This story is substantiated by the fact that Domlur has a large population of Telugu speaking people and it has quite a significant population of mosquitoes as well.
Domlur is surrounded by offices of multinational software companies and BPOs like Dell, IBM, Microsoft and Target. Domlur is located close to the 'old airport' (The Airport has now shifted to Devanahalli in the North of Bangalore). The major military establishments having divisions in Domlur are Indian Air Force, EME Workshop, and ASC.
The main advantage of Domlur is its proximity to M.G. Road on the other. Koramangala, too, can be accessed easily via the Inner Ring Road. Indiranagar lies very close to Domlur as well. Domlur area has several notable restaurants including 'TGIF' (Thank God its Friday), 'Shanthi Sagar' and 'The Bombay post'.There is a family club too in the area called Domlur Club. Several temples are also seen in this area namely Shaneswara temple,Kalki temple,Sri Suryanarayana Swamy temple, Kodandaram lingeswara swamy temple and a 10th century Chola temple called Chokkanarayan Swamy temple which is probably the oldest in the city of Bangalore.
Location and facilities
Residents in Domlur have the best of both options - proximity to malls (Oasis on Inner Ring Road, Total Mall on Old Airport Road, Garuda Mall on Magrath Road are all within 10 minutes of a drive) and also local shopping. With good amount of growth in the recent past, a large number of shopping establishments have opened up in Domlur. 7th Cross has a lot of shops and eateries - New Shanti Sagar, Srinidhi Sagar and Red Klov are prominent restaurants while Family Mall is best for grocery.
Domlur Bus Stand is a central place within the locality providing local connectivity through government run buses. Auto-rickshaws are generally easy to find in this busy residential-commercial area. The nearest hospital is Manipal hospital. Nearby areas include MG Road (10 mins), Indiranagar (5 mins), Koramanagala (10 mins). Purva Paradise, Victoria Heaven and Ranka are some of the premium apartment communities in the area. You can also find few row houses across various mains and crosses at Domlur.
Domlur has temple of historical significance in its heart.The Chokkanathaswamy Temple built by Cholas in the 10th Century stands as a testimony of Domlur's past. There is a stone inscription in front of the temple that reads about the history of the temple. It refers to the area as "Tombalur" after the tank that once existed in this place.
Airport road flyover
A major landmark in Domlur is the Airport road flyover on Old Airport road and Inner ring road junction. This flyover was notorious for its delay in construction and the traffic trouble caused by its delay which was due to the mismanagement by the subcontractor UPSBC ( Uttar Pradesh State Bridge Corporation). The construction of the flyover which was started in early 2003 ended in 2007. The flyover, excluding the outer loops, was completed in July 2006 and opened to public on July 12, 2006. Subsequently, the other loops were opened to public in the next 8 months.
Large numbers of migrants due to employment with Madras Regiment and HAL have altered the ethnic mix.