The name of this town was
originally Chinna Balaporum. Originating from either Tamil
or Telugu for Chinna meaning small while "balla" means the measure to quantify food
grains, and "pura" means "town".According to a popular legend, the Marigowda, the
son of the chief Avathimalla Biregowda, was hunting one day in the Kodimanchanahalli
forest. He found a rabbit standing fearlessly in front of hunting dogs.