The Vidhan Soudha- Bangalore is the seat of the legislative assembly in Karnataka. It is an impressive building and is known for its grand architecture and is a popular tourist attraction in Bangalore.
The Vidhan Soudha in Bangalore is a specimen of the 'Neo-Dravidian' style of architecture. Its design also has elements of Indo-Saracenic, Rajasthani Jharokha, and South Indian and Dravidian styles. The colossal building is surrounded by lush green lawns and gardens. The building was commissioned by Kengal Hanumanthaiah, Chief Minister of Mysore and was built in the 1950s. The foundation stone of the building was built by the then Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru in the year 1951. The building was completed in the year 1956 and is sometimes popularly known as the 'Taj Mahal of South India'.
The Vidhan Soudha consists of four floors and also one floor in the basement. It is spread on an area of 700 by 350 feet and is the largest legislative building in India. There is a porch in the eastern side which has 12 granite columns, each of which is 40 feet tall. There is a central dome which is around 60 feet in diameter and resembles the Indian national emblem. The interior of the building is wonderfully decorated with antique furniture and precious paintings. The hall where the assembly sessions are held is also well decorated. The building is illuminated on Sundays and public holidays.
Presently a replica known as Vikasa Soudha has been built by the government of Karnataka adjacent to the Vidhan Soudha as a housing complex to some of the ministries and legislative offices. The High Court of Karnataka is also located opposite to the building.