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Rashtrapati Bhavan —home of the President of India

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Facts about Rashtrapati Bhavan

1- Rashtrapati Bhavan is the official home of the President of India.

2- Situated to the west of India Gate, the building faces east.

3- The main entrance to Rashtrapati Bhavan is known as Gate 35, and is located on 'Prakash Vir Shastri Avenue', renamed from 'North Avenue' in November 2002, as a memorial to the politician Prakash Vir Shastri who served here during his tenure as a Member of Parliament for the state of Uttar Pradesh.

4- The present day Rashtrapati Bhavan was the erstwhile residence of the British Viceroy.

5- Its architect was Edwin Landseer Lutyens.

6- Until 1950, it was known as "Viceroy’s House". It was transformed to be the permanent institution of democracy on 26th January 1950 when Dr. Rajendra Prasad became the first President of India and occupied this building to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of India.

7- It was from that day that this building was renamed as Rashtrapati Bhavan - the President's House.

8- It is interesting to note that this building which was scheduled to be completed in four years took seventeen years and on the eighteenth year of its completion, India became independent.

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