Vidhana Soudha Bangalore

Vidhana Soudha Bangalore

The magnificent building of Vidhana Soudha stands as a primary attraction in Bangalore that every traveler to the city loves to explore. This building is the administrative center of Karnataka; you may not get access to enter this building. However, you can admire this beautiful structure from outside and take home some good collection of photographs.

Vidhana Soudha Bangalore
Vidhana Soudha Bangalore

This iconic building dates back to 13th July 1951 when Chief Minister K.C. Reddy and the then Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru laid the foundation stone. 

However, Kengal Hanumanthaiah was the man behind the conception and construction of Vidhana Soudha. He took great interest in its design. He wanted not only an Indian building but one characteristic of the region.

B.R. Manickam worked as a chief architect in the construction of Vidhana Soudha. He was a Civil Engineer and a Town Planner. Hanumanthaiah Rao Naidu, a graduate from London’s Architectural Association, assisted Mr. Manickam. It took several thousand workers and Rs.1.5 crore to complete the construction of Vidhana Soudha in 1956. 

A concise history of modern architecture in India

Here is some text about the construction of Vidhana Soudha from the book A concise history of modern architecture in India – The massing, proportional systems, general layout, the grand central steps leading to a Portico, and the dome above are European Classical. The detailing of this massive building is neo-Dravidian.

Vidhana Soudha
Vidhana Soudha Bengaluru

The central dome rises to 55 meters above the ground level. There are subsidiary domes constructed of structural granite except for the central dome reinforced with concrete columns. The decorative elements like balcony, column capitals, and brackets resemble the temple architecture. 

Masons capable of working the stone in a traditional Dravidian manner came from as far as Karaikal and Tiruchirappalli.

Noted people about Vidhana Soudha 

  • People’s Palace - Kengal Hanumanthaiah
  • Temple dedicated to the nation - Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
  • Poetry in Stone - Poet laureate Kuvempu
Well, this people’s palace, a temple dedicated to the nation, is poetry in stone!

Government Work is God’s Work

There is a slogan inscribed on the facade of the building - Government Work is God Work. In 1957, the then Mysore Government planned to replace it with Satyameva Jayate, which did not happen. 

In 1996, the inscription inspired a visiting U.S. state governor, George Voinovich of Ohio, to propose etching “With God, all things are possible” onto the Ohio Statehouse.
The cost of construction of Vidhana Soudha was somewhere between 1.5. to 1.7 crores. Today, the annual maintenance cost of this building is more than two crore rupees.

If you have not seen this mesmerizing building yet, then you should be there. The best timings are early morning or after 5 pm. However, you will see people taking selfies at any point of the time during the day.

Explore Further 

There is more to explore from Vidhana Soudha, turn around to see a century-old heritage building that functions as a High Court now. You cannot get inside the building casually. However, you are more likely to enter the Cubbon Park, a great place to explore.

There are so many things to do in Bangalore, click on the label to read all. You may also wish to read my previous post about the HAL Tejas at Minsk Square or read all posts from Bengaluru