The Rashtrapati Bhavan

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  • Updated: Jun 01, 2007 10:49 IST

The presidential House or Rashtrapati Bhavan, is located on Prakash Vir Shastri Avenue, where it's main entrance, Gate 35, is located.

The home is in the urban district of New Delhi and was recently renamed from North Avenue in honour of the Member of Parliament who was killed during his tenure in New Delhi as a representative of the state of Uttar Pradesh.

The splendour of the Rashtrapati Bhavan is multi-dimensional. It is a vast mansion and its architecture is breathtaking.

The present day Rashtrapati Bhavan was the erstwhile residence of the British Viceroy. Its architect was Edwin Landseer Lutyens. The decision to build a residence in New Delhi for the British Viceroy was taken after it was decided in the Delhi Durbar of 1911 that the capital of India would be shifted from Calcutta to Delhi in the same year. It was constructed to affirm the permanence of British rule in India. This building gave the impression, in the words of a critique, the setting of a perpetual Durbar.

 

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