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Ashoka Pillar, Varanasi
(4.2/5 based on 85 reviews on the web)
A place that holds notable history in Buddhism, Ashoka Pillar is a must-see. There lies remnants of pillar that is now in ruins due to Muslim invaders destroying the pillar where a replica has been created for a museum. The pillar depicted four lions that stood back to back which is a symbol of equal importance. It is said that the Gautam Buddha gave hi first sermon on the grounds and is highly regarded in the Buddhist community. See Ashoka Pillar and all Varanasi has to offer by arranging your trip with our Varanasi family vacation planner.
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  • This is in the park near Dhamek Stupa. It is all broken and some parts are like lions and chakra are kept in the museum. Here only some pillar pieces are placed and is well protected with fence. 
  • Just because it is mentioned as Ashoka Pillar there is nothing important here. This is located inside Saranth park. 
  • Its awesome to see the pillar from the gupta period with inscriptions in the Brahmi script. This has so much significance ! it is depicted in our national flag ! Gave me goosebumps! 
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  • Wow ! Ashoka was a brave king as he fight against bad people and built it . I have went sarnath but pillar is not beautiful. But he have give us a sign .
  • It's broken and preserved in a glass case.
  • This is the excavated site of Ashoka pillar which is having four pillars with having sharp at the top.
  • 阿育王柱,就立於"Mulagandha Kuti香室精舍"西側,由"孔雀王朝 Mauryan Empire"的阿育王(272-232)所立,其石材原料是採自於" Varanasi瓦拉那西"南方約35KM的一處小鎮"Chunar丘納爾",石柱原高為15公尺,經戰火蹂躪後已繼成數截,由期頂端是目前的印度國徽「四頭獅身」四隻背對背蹲踞的雄獅,現存於博物館內;中層段是飾帶,刻有大象、奔馬、一頭牛及老虎,彼此間皆以法輪相隔;下層是鐘型倒垂蓮花。石柱現況已碎成5段,底部尚有2.1M埋在地下,其餘4段散落在四周圍。 石柱上尚刻有阿育王頒佈的敕文,其中第一段依照印度政府的說明是︰對於僧團內的比丘及比丘尼所製造的僧團分裂的相關律法。