Parliament House

The bills are passed here. India is shaped and reshaped and foreign relations are talked about here. The Parliament House or Sansad Bhawan is large and imposing in its demeanour. The Parliament House was designed by Herbert Baker and the circular colonaded structure was originally known as the Circular House. There are 247 pillars which support on the 173 m disc that serves as a substratum. Portraying the typicals ‘jalis’ of the Mughal era, the boundary walls affords blocks of carved sandstone with exquisite motifs on them. Although it’s an impressive building, its relative physical insignificance in the grand scheme of New Delhi shows how the focus of power has shifted from the viceroy’s residence, which was given pride of place during the time of the British raj when New Delhi was conceived.

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