Karnataka’s newest district will not only help to enhance the local administrative efficiency but also will promote historical architecture style of the region. Yes, Vijayanagara district, Karnataka’s newest and 31st district will bring back the memories of erstwhile Vijayanagara Empire that flourished during 1336–1565 CE.
District headquarters of the new district will be built keeping in mind Vijayanagara architecture style. If the words of the senior administration officials are to be believed, the new buildings will resemble the Vijayanagara architectural style and all the district administration buildings such as Deputy Commissioner’s office (DC), Superintendent of Police (SP) office and Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will be located in one place.
It may be recalled here that following the division of Ballari district, Vijayanagara district came into existence on February 8. Currently, the previous Taluka offices are doubling as the administrative buildings of the new district.
According to the officials, the site for the new buildings has already been finalized and will be located near the famous Tungabhadra dam. An area of about 80 acres located 4 km from the bus stand in Hosapete has been reportedly finalised for the project. Work on the project will start as soon as the funds are released. However, total cost of the project could not be ascertained.
It may be noted here that the Kannada University of Hampi building is also built in Vijayanagara architecture style which looks like a heritage building. Administrative buildings too will be built in similar style after taking necessary guidance from experts of the ASI, Hampi Circle.
The Vijayanagara architecture style is a combination of the Chalukya, Hoysala, Pandya and Chola styles which evolved earlier in the centuries when these empires ruled and is characterised by a return to the simplistic and serene art of the past. During the Vijayanagar period the local hard granite was preferred in the Badami Chalukya style, although soapstone was also used for a few reliefs and sculptures. While the use of granite reduced the density of sculptured works, granite was a more durable material for the temple structure.