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The Vidhana Soudha
The Vidhana Soudha, the seat of the state legislature of Karnataka is located in Bangalore.
The Vidhana Soudha
It is an impressive building, erected in a Mysore Neo-Dravidian style and it integrates elements of Indo-Saracenic and Dravidian styles. The structure was completed in 1956. Kengal Hanumanthaiah is accredited with the conception and construction of the Vidhana Soudha.
The base stone was laid by the then Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, in the year 1951. However, it was Hanumanthaiah who was active in the remodel and speedy construction of Vidhana Soudha. He visited Europe, Russia, the United States, and other places and acquire the idea of building the Vidhana Soudha by incorporating various designs from the buildings he had seen.
He took a lot of attention and effort in building this marvellous granite building. It was meant to curtail the British-built Athara Kacheri building. Hanumanthaiah was criticized for the millions he spent to construct the building.
The Vidhana Soudha has four floors above and one floor below ground level and sprawls across an area of 2,300 by 1,150 feet. It is the largest Legislative building in India. Its eastern facade has a porch with 12 granite pillars, 40 feet tall. Leading to the entrance hall is a stairway with 45 steps, more than 200 feet wide. The central dome, which is 60 feet in diameter, is crowned by a portrait of the Indian national emblem.
The frontage of the building is inscribed with the slogan “Government’s Work is God’s Work”. In 1957, the Mysore government planned to replace the inscription with Satyameva Jayate, but the change did not take place.
In 1996, the inscription inspired a U.S. state governor, George Voinovich of Ohio, who visited and proposed etching “With God, all things are possible” onto the Ohio Statehouse, prompting a high-profile lawsuit. The building is illuminated on Sundays and public holidays.