2 kms From MG Road
Built of Granite and Porphyry this imposing building
houses the Secretariat and the State Legislature of Karnataka.
Constructed in 1956 after the transfer of power from
ruling Wodeyar dynasty to the central government, it
was designed by Kengal Hanumanthaiah, the then Cheif
who intended it to "Reflect thr Power and Dignity
of the People". It is capped by a 20-m (66ft) dome,
which is surmounted by the four-headed Ashokan lion,
symbol of the Indian State.
With Rajasthani Jharokhas, Indo-Saracenic pillars and
other decorative elements, the Vidhana Soudha exemplifies
Neo-Dravidian style of Post-Independence Bangalore. The
woodwork inside is noteworthy. Especially the sandalwood
door to the Cabinet Room, and the Speaker's Chair was
made of rosewood from Mysore. The Building looks spectacular
on sunday evenings when it is beautifully illuminated.