Tipped to be one of the most stunning structures in all of Bangalore Vidhana Soudha is a true icon in India’s Silicon Valley. Housing the legislative branch of the Karnataka state governing body this grand public structure built in 1956 is also an architectural gem displaying what is known as Neo-Dravidian stylistic leanings which is a culmination of traditional Dravidian and Indo-Saracenic architecture schools. Ideally located in Cubbon Park Vidhana Soudha is just across the road from the High Court of Karnataka. The brain child of a chief minister by the name of Mr. Kengal Hanumanthaiah the venue also pays homage to traditional Indian temple structures and their particular architectural elements. It should also be noted that iconic national leader Jawaharlal Nehru who then served as the prime Minster of the country laid the foundation stone of Vidhana Soudha when construction began in the early 1950’s.
Made almost entirely out of granite and porphyry the project’s chief engineer B.R. Manickam built a truly remarkable edifice which is both impressive in terms of its proportions and its beauty. Containing four domes in all four directions the entrance features the indomitable figure of a Four Headed Lion which is also the national emblem of India.
Towering above the surrounding landscape at a height of nearly 46m the venue houses a staggering three hundred chambers which serves as 22 departments of the Karnataka State Government. Accessible from all four sides entrance to the public building is granted with prior notice so visitors would be well-advised to secure passes before setting out to visit the location. One of its chief highlights is of course the massive sandalwood door of the Cabinet Room which is adorned with intricate carvings. Especially breathtaking during the evening hours on public holidays and Sundays the flood lights of the locale are operational from 6pm-8.30pm.
While touring the location guests can also stopover at its smaller scale replica Vikasa Soudha which is located to the south of the main building. Opened to the public in 2005 this extended annex now houses some additional ministries and legislative branches of the state government.
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