M Visvesvaraya (1862-1962) - Father of modern Mysore State


  • Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya was born on 15 September 1861 in a Brahmin family,to Mokshagundam Srinivasa Shastry and Venkatalakshmamma in Muddenahalli village, Chickballapur District, Mysore State.

  •  In India,15 September is celebrated as Engineer's Day in his memory. 
  • He was an Indian engineer, scholar, Statesman and also served as the Diwan of Mysore for six years.
  • He was the chief engineer responsible for the construction of the Krishna Raja Sagar dam on the Kaveri River.
  • He  designed and patented a system of automatic weir water floodgates that were first installed in 1903 at the Khadakvasla Reservoir near Poona.
  • He was called as the "Father of modern Mysore State".
  • He was awarded the nation's highest honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1955.
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