Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya: The Visionary!

Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya| Visionary | 30th November 2021 | Virtual Wire



Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, also known as Sir MV was an Engineer and a great Visionary.

He is considered as one of the greatest nation builders, who played a very crucial role in the development of the country. In the year 1968, to honor Sir MV’s legacy the Indian government declared his birth anniversary 15th September as Engineer’s day in India.

Early Life


Sir MV was born on 15th September 1860 to telugu Brahmin family in Muddenahalli village, near present day Bengaluru. He completed his early education from Chikballapur and during this time Sir MV lost his father at the age of 15, but it did not dishearten him and he moved to bengaluru for the higher education. In year 1881 he received his bachelor’s degree in Arts from Central College, Bengaluru and pursued Civil Engineering from reputed College Of Science in Pune and topped the course. Since his graduation Sir MV had been the part of numerous construction marvels.

Krishnarajasagara Reservoir and Dam

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One of the biggest landmark in Mysuru, the dam is the major water resource for the large parts of Karnataka and also a tourist attraction. At that time, the dam building was an unprecedented project around the world. The project took a significant time in planning and political, technical & financial with all parties involved. With the completion, the Krishnarajasagara Dam became the symbol of progress.

Diwan of Mysore

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In year 1911 Visvesvaraya took on the role of Diwan of present day Mysuru. Before taking on the role of Diwan, Visvesvaraya also served as the Nizam of Hydarabad. During his tenure as Diwan, the outlook of Mysore changed and many industries came up providing good opportunites to people.

He founded many eminent institution such as State Bank of Mysore (State Bank of India), Mysore Iron and Steel Works, Mysore soap Factory and many more. The first railway line established a private enterprise, historic Bangalore-Chikballapur light railway project also began during his tenure. A century old Nandi Halt station is along this route and Sir Visvesvaraya is credited with the design of building and the office.

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Sir MV conferred Kaisar-i-Hind in 1906 and Bharat Ratna in 1955 in recognition of his services. He died on 12th April 1962 at the age of 102 years and 6 months. As per his wish, he was cremated in his birthplace, Muddanahalli. Next to his house is a small office he that built when he became an engineer which is now turned into a museum. Each exhibit tells a story about this engineer- Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya.

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