Bharat Mandapam

Recently on July 26, 2023 Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Rs 2,700-crore Bharat Mandapam (53,399 sq. m.) in the Pragati Maidan complex is undergoing finishing touches before it is handed over to the Ministry of External Affairs for the Summit.

  • The Bharat Mandapam is the international exhibition-cum-convention centre (IECC) complex.
  • The term Bharat Mandapam derives its root from Lord Basaveshwara’s idea of Anubhav Mandapam, which was a pavilion for public ceremonies.
  • The IECC complex has been developed as India’s largest MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions) destination.

Architecture of Bharat Mandapam

  • The shape of the building is derived from the Shankha (conch shell).
  • The different walls and facades of the centre depict several elements of India’s traditional art and culture including ‘Surya Shakti’, ‘Zero to ISRO‘ and Pancha Mahabhuta.
  • Pancha Mahabhuta significs the building blocks of universal foundation – Aakash (Sky), Vayu (Air), Agni (Fire), Jal (Water), Prithvi (Earth).