Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore
Historic Place

Vidhana Soudha

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About Vidhana Soudha

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Vidhana Soudha, seat of legislature of Karnataka, is an impressive building, commissioned in the year 1952 and completed by 1956. The breathtaking architecture in granite is blend of Neo-Dravidian, Indo-Saracenic and Dravidian artwork. The building comprises carved pillars, bases, pediments, cornices and arches.

It was the chief minister of the old Mysore State (Karnataka) in India, Kengal Hanumanthaiah’s (from 30 March 1952 to 19 August 1956) vision and contribution to the construction of Vidhana Soudha. It stung to him when he took a Russian cultural delegate to round Bangalore and was questioned "Have you no architecture of your own? They are all European buildings".  Interesting fact is that, along with relentless works of thousands of artisans, there were also the prisoners, suggested by Kenagal Humanthaiah to utilize them in building the stature. The expense of 410,206.65 at that time resulted in this beautiful structure, Vidhana Soudha.

The 46-metre tall structure is spread over an area 245000 feet. Leading to the assembly chamber is a 45-steps stairway, with each step 200 feet wide. Among four floors of this building, one is below the ground level.

40-feet tall east facing porch has 12 granite columns of the height of 40 feet each. The Indian national emblem is carved on a central dome, which is 60 feet in diameter. On occasion of public holidays and Sundays, the building is decorated and illuminated to mark the occasion.


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Pravin Ghule

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  • Pravin Ghule
  • Lives in Kolhapur
  • 32 photos
  • 22 Reviews
  •  166 helpful votes
  •  35851 readers

"On road viewing"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 4, 2016
This is administrative unit of Government of Karnataka can be visited on road while planning other destinations. Magnificent view of this building seen on road while passing through.
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Sachin Kumar

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  • Sachin Kumar
  • Lives in Noida
  • 10 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  4028 readers

"Marvellous construction"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Dec 9, 2015
Vidhana Soudha of Karnataka is looking nice. The stone work of this building is awesome. Infront of Vidhana Soudha, Red Colour building is there, which is known as Court, where lots of shooting of movies such as Meri Jung etc. Behind Court, you will get Cubbon Park. Construction of Vidhana Soudha is marvellous. You can see this building from outside because of safety purpose.
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Tushar Mehta

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  • Tushar Mehta
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  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 947 photos
  • 112 Reviews
  •  96 helpful votes
  •  54479 readers

"Signature of Bangalore"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 30, 2015
Situated in polished area of Bangalore, must see place for tourists. We visited this place in the night. At present construction is going with this. So tourists can see this place from the outside. Beautiful architectural piece of art. Wide area covered. We can see big statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the centre of the building.
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Joji Joseph

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  • Joji Joseph
  • Lives in Cochin
  • 69 photos
  • 192 Reviews
  •  190 helpful votes
  •  66904 readers

"Constructed in Neo-Dravidian style, the building is awesome"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 21, 2015
Vidhana Soudha, the seat of the state legislature is noted for the architectural excellence. This five storey building is supposed to be the largest legislative building in India. Situated at Sheshadripuram in Cubbon Park area this building is worth seeing.
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Sumit Nagori

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  • Sumit Nagori
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 11 photos
  • 44 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  22529 readers

"Historic place with beautiful structure"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Sep 12, 2015
Vidhana Soudha is a huge and beautiful structure which is actually the house of parliament. It was the most famous sightseeing place of early days. But now because of the ongoing metro work the place has lost it's glow. Though there is no entry inside people used to sit outside for pics and munch on the food available at road side stalls. Vidhana Soudha is close by to Cubbon Park and right opposite to it is the High Court of Karnataka.
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Sasidhar Bokkasam

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  • Sasidhar Bokkasam
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 12 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  6602 readers

"The center of power - Vidhana Soudha"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 7, 2015
Vidhana Soudha, which houses the ministers' offices, is a monument worth the visit with family. You love the architecture and will be able to spend time visiting nearby places as well. The High Court and Cubbon Park are just opposite Vidhana Soudha.
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Roopa Sree

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  • Roopa Sree
  • Lives in Visakhapatnam
  • 2 Reviews
  •  313 readers

"Picturesque Vidhan Soudha"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 4, 2015
The picturesque Vidhan Soudha is the largest Legislative Assembly in India. This marvellous granite structure of Dravidian architecture is a must visit and cherished place. It is situated opposite to High Court.
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Shikha Dixit

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  • Shikha Dixit
  • Lives in Noida
  • 103 photos
  • 100 Reviews
  •  105 helpful votes
  •  62578 readers

"Huge structure but no entry"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Aug 19, 2015
Entry is not allowed but a huge building of constitutional value, must visit place at least ones you are in Bangalore. Just nearby it are various parks so you can at least stop and see it for a while.
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Pawankalyan Gk

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  • Pawankalyan Gk
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 200 Reviews
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"House of Karnataka Parliament"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Aug 6, 2015
It is located in Gandhi Nagar area. It is about 2 km from city Bus Stop and 3 km from Kalasipalyam Bus Stop. Local BTS is available to this point. Autos are also available to this point. It is house of Karnataka Parliament. Several meetings also take place in front of CHIEF MINISTER. Janasoudha is present next to Vidhana Soudha which is similar to this. I finally advice travellers that, it is their duty to see this place once in a life time where important meetings and decisions takes place.
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Excel Marmo

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  • Excel Marmo
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 photos
  • 14 Reviews
  •  36 helpful votes
  •  7819 readers

"Magnificent architecture and most beautiful palaces"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 17, 2015
The palace in grey granite midst the lust green gardens is by far one of most beautiful palaces in the world. Now converted into state assembly house, manifests the architectural excellence we have had. You cannot go inside but good to make a drive around.
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