Bengaluru Architecture

Vidhan Sabha

The huge granite edifice in Sampangi Ram Nagar, is the legislature of Karnataka. Fabricated by Sri K Hanumanthaiya, the Chief Minister of Mysore during the period of 1951-1956, Vidhan Sabha is a perfect representation of Dravidian architecture. The most striking feature are its granite pillars in the façade and imposing stairs that climb up the porch. The entire structure is embellished with carved bases, designs on columns, mouldings, kapotha cornices, groundwork, chaithya arches etc.

It is a secular building which reflects a perfect blending of British, Dravidian and Indo-Islamic architecture. It is built mainly with “Bangalore granite”, excavated from the areas around Mallasandra and Hesaraghatta. One of the main attractions among locals and tourists is the lighting up of the building on every Sunday evening. It is located at Dr. Ambedkar Road, Sampangiram Nagar opposite the magnificent Red Karnataka High Court Building. Visitors should not miss the inscription “Government’s Work is God’s Work” written on the top of the main entrance.