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Vidhana Soudha: An icon of Karnataka’s power, pride

  • Vidhana Soudha counts amongst the most impressive as well as the most magnificent buildings of Bengaluru city. It is mainly famous for housing the Legislative Chambers of the state government.

  • The three hundred rooms of Vidhana Soudha accommodates approximately twenty-two departments of the state government.

  • The building rises to a height of almost 46 m, making it one of the most imposing structures in the city of Bengaluru.

  • The then Prime Minister Sri Pandit Jawaharalal Nehru laid the foundation for this magnificent building on 13th July 1951. The construction was completed in the year 1956.

  • Vidhana Soudha boasts of exquisite Dravidian architecture. It was built under the then chief minister of Karnataka, Mr. Kengal Hanumanthaiah, as a tribute to Indian temple architecture.

  • The chief engineer of Vidhana Soudha, B.R. Manickam mainly made use of granite to get the edifice constructed.

  • Vidhana Soudha is adorned with four domes on its four corners. Embellishing the entrance of the buildings is the Four-headed Lion, the national symbol of India.

  • The cost of construction at that time was just 17.5 million rupees. But presently, annual maintenance cost itself is more than 20 million rupees.

  • Vidhana Soudha of Bengaluru can be accessed from all the four directions. However, the admission to the building has been restricted and one has to take prior permission before visiting its interiors.

  • A metro station near Vidhana Soudha under the Purple Line of the Namma Metro may come up soon, as the work is taking place in full swing.

  • Though this monument is the pride of Bengaluru, it is disheartening to see that people dump garbage in front of it.

  • When it rains heavily, water gets clogged in front of Vidhana Soudha.

  • Vidhana Soudha looks breathtakingly beautiful on Sunday evenings and on public holidays, when it is floodlit. The lights are kept on from 6:00 to 8:30 in the evening.

  • A sightseeing tour of Bengaluru is incomplete without a visit to the Vidhana Soudha.

This imposing edifice built almost entirely of dressed Bengaluru granite is a tribute to temple architecture. Housing the Legislative Chambers of the state government, this 46 metre high seat of the government is Bengaluru's best known landmark. 

Pictures by: KPN