On the occasion of the 157th birth anniversary of a famous engineer, statesman, scholar and the Diwan of Mysore in the 19th century, Sir Mokshagundam Vishweshvaraya (Sir M. Vishweshvaraya), Google doodle pays a special tribute.
Sir M. Vishweshvaraya was born in Mysore on 15th September 1861 to a Brahmin family, who speak Kannada. He graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Bombay. While Vishweshvaraya was working with the PWD in Bombay, he joined the Indian Irrigation Commission and implemented an intricate system of irrigation in the Deccan Plateau. He was the first to invent an automatic system of water floodgates that were designed for Hyderabad and also introduced the irrigation plans for Visakhapatnam.
In the year 1955, he was honoured with the highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna. At the time of the British rule, Vishweshvaraya was conferred with the knighthood for his contributions by the then ruler King George V. He is also the vision behind the Krishna Raja Sagar Dam that still continues to provide drinking water to the entire Mysore region and Bengaluru and also this dam is used for the irrigation in Mandya. In the year 1951, Vishweshvaraya wrote an autobiography known as the ‘Memoirs of my Working Life’. -Akhila Kakarala