Vidhana Soudha

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Vidhana Soudha


One of the leading centres of attraction in Bangalore – Vidhana Soudha is a perfect example of fusion architecture, which is based on the neo Dravidian style, with hints of Rajasthani, Chola and Kannada architecture. Conceived and constructed under the patronage of Sri K. Hanumanthaiya, the chief minister of the then Mysore, who wanted Vidhana Soudha to represent the legislative sovereignty of the people just like in the House of Commons in London.

Built in 1954, Vidhana Soudha is one of the most impressive buildings, which has been constructed using Bangalore granite that was excavated from the sites around Mallasandra and Hessaraghatta. Architects of the building have used Magadi pink and Turuvekere black to enhance the visual effect and also to break the monotony of Bangalore granite. The whole construction took four years to complete and about 5000 labourers and 1500 chisellers, masons and wood-carvers worked on the project.

The majestic building of Vidhana Soudha with its perfect blending of ancient and modern architectural styles is not only enormous but also outstanding at the same time. The twelve columns with a height of forty feet right in the front of the Assembly Hall makes for a magnificent background for the central dome and other six smaller domes. The central dome, which provides the roof over the State Banquet Hall, is supported by eight pillars that are sixty feet in diameter.

Today, Vidhana Soudha not only houses the State Legislature and is the largest Secretariat in India but is also one of the prominent centres of attractions in the Garden City of Bangalore.

Best time to visit

Though the weather in Bangalore is quite pleasant throughout the year, the best time to visit Vidhana Soudha is between the months of October and February when the weather is at its best.


Interestingly there is an exact replica of the original Vidhana Soudha, which is located on the southern side of the original complex and is known as Vikasa Soudha. The Vikasa Soudha is a housing annex, which harbours legislatures and ministries.

Most of the unskilled labourers working on Vidhana Soudha were convicts, who were given their freedom after the edifice was completed.


Although the building of Vidhana Soudha can be accessed from all the four sides, the entry inside the building is restricted.

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