The formation of the city of Bangalore and the formation of St. Mary?s Church are found to be interlinked with the history of Karnataka.?? During the 17th Century, few Christians came from Ginjee, of Tamil Nadu, found that the land was fertile to sow white rice and began to settle down and built a small village. This village took the name ?Bili akki palli? because it is said that the rice they cultivated was white and also because a number of white birds were found in those rice fields. The people in order to practice their religion built a thatched hut and named it as ?CHAPEL OF KANIKKAI MADHA?