Malleshwaram is a north-western neighbourhood in Bengaluru. It is one of the oldest parts of the city. It was developed as a planned suburb after the great plague of 1898,which caused many people to move out of the city center. It derives its name from the Kaadu Malleshwara temple.
On the cross-roads, 8th cross road is a popular shopping street - with everything from clothes to fruits, vegetables and flowers available. The road is always buzzing with people. During festivals, the road between Sampige and Margosa is closed to traffic and resembles a market with items pertaining to each festival put up on sale. Malleshwaram is a treasure trove of small and legendary eateries. Many Nobel laureate like C.V. Raman, scientist Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan, badminton world champion Prakash Padukone, noted Carnatic musician Doraiswamy Iyengar and film stars Saroja Devi and Jaggesh have all lived here.
Some of the popular temples in this area are Kaadu Malleshwara Temple, Sri Mahaganapathi Temple, Narasimha, Gangamma Temple, Nandi Thirtha and Sai Baba Temple.
It is is also a center for many educational institutes like Indian Institute of Science , Indian Institute of Wood Science, Kendriya Vidyalaya Malleswaram etc. The famous Chowdiah Memorial Hall, named after the violinist Tirumakudalu Chowdiah was built in Malleswaram in 1980. It hosts important cultural events in the city.
The current MLA is Dr. Aswath Narayan C.N from BJP and he defeated B. K. Shivaram of Congress.