The Rashtrapati Bhavan in India is a vast mansion with breathtaking architecture. It is among the few residences of Presidents in the world which has such magnificence. Spread across acres, its beauty is worth visiting. Very few official residences of the Heads of State match the beauty of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, which is situated in India’s capital city of New Delhi. With Republic Day 2017 nearing, preparations would have already begun outside the President of India’s home. To mark the day, every year a grand parade is held from the Raisina Hill Rashtrapati Bhavan along the Rajpath, past India Gate. The present day Rashtrapati Bhavan was made into the residence of the British Viceroy when the capital of India was shifted from Calcutta to Delhi. The spectacular structure affirmed the presence of British rule in India.Also Read - PV Sindhu Awarded With Padma Bhushan; Bembem Devi, Rani Rampal Receives Padma Shri
Other than Edwin Lutyens who was the chief architect of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Hugh Keeling the chief engineer was among many Indian contractors who were involved in the construction of this building. While the original cost of the building was estimated to be 400,000 pounds, as the construction took 17 years, the cost came up to Rs 14 million. The building, which was supposed to take only four weeks to finish, was completed in its 18th year. ALSO READ- First Republic Day Parade Video: Rare footage involving Jawaharlal Nehru and then President Rajendra Prasad. Also Read - COVID Not Over Yet, Lowering Guard Would be Unwise Now, Says President Kovind in His Address to Nation
When Dr Rajendra Prasad became the first President of India, the building was transformed as an institution of democracy on January 26, 1950, India’s first Republic Day. The building was then renamed as Rashtrapati Bhavan from being known as the President’s House. The dome of the Rashtrapati Bhavan is the most striking part of the building. The predominance of India architecture is seen in railings of Sanchi. The Rashtrapati Bhavan has many designs that depict Indian architectural patterns. It also has a blend of European architecture that enhances its beauty. Indian architectural patterns embodied in the building include Buddhist railings, chhajjas, chhatris and jaalis. Made for various needs, these designs add beauty to the structure. The usage of bells, seen in Hindu and Buddhist temples, in the architecture of the Rashtrapati Bhavan adds more of an artistic feel to it. The idea of the usage of bells in the pillars of Rashtrapati Bhavan came from a Jain temple at Moodabidri in Karnataka. Also Read - Nominations for People's Padma Awards 2022 To Remain Open till Sep 15
The rooms in which the then Viceroy resided have been converted into the Guest Wing where the Heads of State of other countries stay during their visit to India, while other rooms now reside the family wing of the President. The Mughal Gardens of the Rashtrapati Bhavan are open to the public at a particular time to enjoy the floral beauty. Watch video here of to catch a glimpse of the Rashtrapati Bhavan.