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Vidhan Soudha

One of the most impressive and magnificent buildings in Bangalore, the Vidhan Soudha is famous for housing the Legislative Chambers of the state government. Housing three hundred rooms, the Vidhan Soudha rises to a height of almost 46m, making it one of the most imposing structures in the city. It was built in the year 1956 under the then Chief Minister of Karnataka, Mr. Kengal Hanumanthaiah, and boasts of exquisite Dravidian architecture. Vidhan Soudha was built as a tribute to Indian temple architecture.

Architecture of Vidhana Soudha
Vidhan Soudha boasts of a glorified and energetic Neo-Dravidian architecture style, with a hint of Indo-Saracenic architecture. The building is surrounded by lush green manicured lawns. The structure has four upper levels and one basement with a total of 172 rooms. Built purely out of granite and porphyry, the entrance of the building is embellished by a four headed lion, which is the national symbol of our country.
One of the most impressive features of the building’s interior is its grand stairs that lead up to the foyer. The Assembly Hall with twenty columns looks amazing at its entrance. Another major attraction is the central dome, which is crowned with the Indian National Emblem.
Vidhan Soudha is an artistic blend of modern and ancient architecture that comprises of richly carved bases and capitals for pillars, kapotha cornices, chaithya arches and deep freizes. An interesting fact about this monument is that it was built by 5000 unskilled workers, all of whom were criminals.

Vidhan Soudha Lighting
On Sunday evenings and on special occasions, the entire structure of the monument lights up with a million colourful lights. The place is flocked by thousands of tourists who flock the place to witness the remarkable light show. This visual treat can only be witnessed during evening time between 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm. An interesting fact about the light show at Vishan Soudha is that the entire show is run on solar energy, keeping in mind the power shortages faced by many parts of the country.

Tips
Special permission is required to visit the interiors of the buildings due to the security reasons. You should take care of them while visiting the place.



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