Jayanagar is a residential and commercial neighbourhood of the city of Bangalore in Karnataka, India. It is sub-divided into ten blocks, most of which comprise residential areas. A prominent shopping complex is located in Jayanagar IV Block. Jayanagar IV Block also houses one of Bangalore's principal bus termini. The foundation of Jayanagar was laid in the year 1959. It was one of the first planned neighbourhoods in Bangalore and at the time, the largest in Asia. Since then, Jayanagar has expanded significantly.
Jayanagar is home to the cream of Bangalore's elite. It is surrounded by Basavangudi, JP Nagar, Banashankari 2nd stage, Gurappanapalya, Sadduguntepalya and BTM Layout among other areas. It is also in proximity to the Lalbagh Botanical Garden and home to one of the Pillars of Ashoka. Jayanagar comprises ten area blocks (including 4th 'T' Block), of which the 3rd and 4th block are largely commercial hubs, while the rest are mostly residential. A 2010 survey by DNA Bangalore ranked Jayanagar as the most liveable place in Bangalore.
Jayanagar is the hub of Southern Bangalore with a predominantly Kannada speaking population. Since the early 1990s, it has had an influx of people from many parts of India, making it a multicultural suburb. Jayanagar has a number of temples. The Ragigudda temple near East End and the Shree Dharmanath Jain temple near the IV block bus stand are prominent. It is believed that the locality, designed by Sir M Visvesvaraya, is one of the best planned layouts in Asia. The Jayanagar Shopping Complex is in IV Block, next to the Bus Station. 4th Main road, which is known as Nanda Road, is actually a boulevard running North to South from South end circle to 44th Cross in 5th block for almost 2 kilometers and is characterised by well maintained parks on either side. Due to the Bangalore Metro construction, the road has lost some of its foliage.