: राज भवन, Urdu
: راج بھون
: Royal Palace
) is the official residence
of the Governor of Uttar Pradesh
. It is located in the capital city of Lucknow
, Uttar Pradesh
. The present governor of Uttar Pradesh is B.L Joshi
The Raj Bhavan
of Uttar Pradesh in Lucknow is over 200 years old.
Raj Bhavan used to be Kothi Hayat Baksh
(Hindi: कोठी हयात बकश, Urdu: کوٹھی حیات بکش).Major General Claude Martin
drew the layout of this building.
In the year 1798 after Nawab Asaf-ud-daula
died, the East India Company made Sadaat Ali Khan the new ruler. The new ruler liked buildings built up in European style by Major General Claude Martin . As per his wishes the contract for construction of the Kothi was undertaken by Major General Claude Martin.
Major General Claude Martin made the Kothi his residence and he used this building for his safety guards and also for the safety of his armory.
Before India's independence Kothi Hayat Baksh
was declared as a Government House
, the official residence of the Governor of United Provinces of Agra and Oudh
After independence its name was changed to Raj Bhavan
The two storied palatial building of Lucknow city was constructed in the eastern side of the city surrounded by greenery. Hayat Baksh
means, life giving
. The buildings constructed under influence of East India Company used to be different than the traditional Indian style of architecture and these buildings... Read More