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Mangalore is named after the Goddess Mangaladevi. Other names used by the locals are ‘Kudla’ (Tulu), ‘Mangalooru’ (Kannada), ‘Mangalapuram’ (Malayalam), ‘Kodial’ (Konkani), ‘Mikala’ (Beary) and ‘Manjarun'(sanskrith).
Traditionally, it was an important trading port with ties with the Persian Gulf states dating back to the 14th century. With its strategic location, it was occupied by a number of dynasties and colonial rulers, namely the Portuguese in the mid-16th century. In the 18th century, its control was contested by Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan on one hand and the British on the other. Under the Mysore sultans (1763), it became a strategic ship building base, which was ceded to the British in 1799 after numerous sieges.
Mangalore is also known as the ‘Cradle of Education’ in Karnataka with 16 Engineering, 6 Medical, 3 Dental, 12 MBA, 11 Physiotherapy, 8 Hotel Management and 58 Graduation colleges in and around the city.
With the increasing influx of students from various states of India and different parts of the world, Mangalore has virtually become a ‘melting pot’ of cultures. The various communities that make up the social framework of Mangalore are: the Tuluvas (Bunts, Billawas, Mogaveeras, Kulals, Brahmins, Jains, Devadigas, Chitpavan’s), the Brahmins, the Konkani Catholics, the Bearys, the Goud-Saraswath Brahmins (Konkanas), Devang’s(m’lore kannada and tulu) etc.
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