Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore
The Vidhana Soudha is a huge edifice of a building that is the seat of Karnataka's Legislative Assembly. It was built between 1951 and 1956 and covers an area of 700 feet by 350 feet making it the largest legislative building in India. Its eastern facade has a porch with 12 granite columns, 40 feet tall, above which is inscribed the sentence "Government Work is God's Work", which I found quite funny. The Karnataka government has constructed a replica named Vikasa Soudha to the south of the building.
Standing tall over Cubbon Prak is the giant edifice, a granite building housing the Secretariat and the State Legislature. The buildings presents a breath taking picture when floodlit on Sundays. The building was built in 1954 in Dravadian style and occupies a total land area of 5,05,000sq ft. The door of the cabinet room is made of pure sandalwood. The four-storey building also houses a tomb that can be seen on all working days between 15:00 and 17:30 hours with permission of under secretary. You can get in touch with the authorities on this number: 2200112.
Vidhana Soudha - The legislative House of the State of Karnataka, this granite building was built by Sri K. Hanumanthaiya, Chief Minister of the then Mysore state 1951 to 1956. The then Prime Minister Sri Pandit Jawaharalal Nehru laid the foundation on 13th July 1951. It was built at an expenditure of Rs 1.84 crores. Marvel of neo-Dravidian architecture and one of the most imposing building not only in Bangalore but in India. One of the interesting feature of this building in grand stairs in its front. The grand stairs has a flight of forty-five steps 62 m (204 ft) wide 21 m (70 ft) deep giving a direct access to the foyer of first floor leading to an Assembly Chamber. The architecture of the building is based on Dravidian style, comprising richly carved bases and capitals for pillars, deep friezes, kapotha cornices, chaithya arches, heavy pediments domical finials, etc; At the same time, the construction has been on modern designs, making use of the present-day materials like steel, reinforced cement concrete glass, plastic, etc.
The granite building towering over Cubbon park houses the Secretariat and the Legislative Assembly. Built in a Neo-Dravidian style, this is one of India's most magnificent public buildings. On Sunday evenings when floodlit, it presents a breathtaking picture. The building has a total plinth area of over 500,000 sq. ft spread through four stories.
The vast State Secretariat was built in 1956 of granite and porphyry, and is the largest civic structure in the country. Following the abolishing of royalt as rulers, the chief minister at the time wanted a "people's palace" which "reflected the power and dignity of the people".
There is an inscription above the door which says: Government work is God's work.
On a Sunday evening the building is spectacularly floodlit.