After returning from Nandi Hills we decided to visit the impressive and magnificent Vidhana-Soudha in the city of Bangalore the next day. This city, popularly called the Garden City, is the capital of the Karnataka state and is India’s third largest cities. Vidhana Soudha Bangalore was built in 1956 and is an example of Dravidian architecture. This building is constructed of granite and porphyry. Four domes adorn it on its corners and the entrance is embellished by the four headed lion, our national symbol. Vidhana Soudha is the state legislature building of Karnataka and is built in rectangular shape. I saw a beautifully carved sandalwood door built for the cabinet room.
Twenty two departments of state are accommodated in this state government building. Its length of 700 feet, width of 350 feet and height of 150 feet make it the most imposing and impressive structure in this city. Eight pillars support the central dome of this building and at the entrance are twelve columns of forty feet each. The grand stairs at the front is an interesting feature. Five thousand laborers, woodcarvers and masons worked continuously on this project. The cost of this construction was believed to be nearly 17.5 million rupees and its present annual cost of maintenance is nearly twenty million rupees. Very high security measures are taken for the protection of this legislative assembly building, with an enclosed steel fencing which is ten feet high, an installation of upgraded screening and scanning system and watch towers. Taking prior permission for visiting the interiors of the building is a must though entrance can be accessed from all directions, which are four. On public holidays and Sunday evenings this architecture is floodlit making it look breathtakingly beautiful.
It is a massive, striking and awesome architectural building with a blending of modern and ancient styles. Without a tour of Vidhana Soudha Bangalore the sightseeing trip to Bangalore is incomplete. The spectacular craftsmanship simply dazzled me. There were so many things still to be seen but time was running out as we had planned on taking only a short trip. My hectic schedule was taking a toll on me and so I decided to return this time but will come back here again.