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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-he

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. 

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