Ashokan Pillar Base, Sarnath

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Anindita Basu
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published on 21 August 2016

Remains of an Ashokan Pillar in the Buddhist monastery around the Dharmarajika Stupa. The pillar has three inscriptions: the earliest is an Ashokan edict warning the monks and nuns of the monastery against quarrelling with each other, the second is about a Kushan king of a neighbouring city, and the third is from the early Gupta period and mentions the teachers of two sects of the Buddha school. The pillar was once adorned by a lion capital, which is now displayed at the museum across the road. This Ashokan capital is also the national emblem of India. Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh, India, 3rd century BCE.

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Anindita Basu
Anindita is a technical writer and editor. Her off-work interests include Indology, data visualisation, and etymology.

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