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About Ashoka Pillar

There are several Ashoka Pillars or columns, which were erected throughout the Indian subcontinents by King Ashoka during his reign during the 3rd century BC. The Ashoka Lion Capital or the Sarnath Lion Capital holds great significance as it is the national symbol of India. Showcasing edicts of Ashoka, the Sarnath pillar bears an inscription which says “No one shall cause division in the order of monks.” Along with religious interpretations, the Ashoka capital pillar at Sarnath also has certain non-religious explanations about the symbolism. Some say the four lions symbolize the four directions in which Ashoka ruled, and the wheels are symbols of his tolerant rule or Chakravartin. The four animals symbolize four adjoining territories of India. The religious interpretation of the Sarnath Pillar consists of a canopy that represents an inverted lotus in bell shape. There is a short cylindrical abacus designed with twenty-four poked Dharma wheels and four animals believed to symbolize the various stages of Lord Buddha’s life.

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