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Lion Capital, Sarnath:

This image shows the lion capital image which is in Sarnath. Emperor Ashoka was one of the greatest kings of India and a great propagator of Buddhism. During his reign, Ashoka set up many ‘stambhas’ or pillars which had inscriptions that tell us a great deal about his rule. Each pillar had an emblem on top as its capital. The lion capital of emperor Ashoka was found at Sarnath, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and was chosen as the symbol of the Indian Republic. You will find this lion capital on all Indian coins, notes, government stamps and other official documents. It has four lions facing the four cardinal directions—north, south, east and west. Below the lions is the Buddhist symbol of Dharmachakra known as the wheel of righteousness. The bull symbol denotes strength and goodness, the elephant, the horse and the deer are symbols of power, speed and grace.
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License:[Source CCRT ]Feb. 20, 2017, 11:58 a.m.

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