Ashoka Pillar, Varanasi

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Part of a series of columns erected during the 3rd century BCE, Ashoka Pillar is not only of historical and religious significance, but also of major artistic value. Still standing after all this time, most pillars are 12 m to 15 m (40 ft to 50 ft) high--19 feature inscriptions, and 6 animal capitals. This particular column is crowned with four lions. See Ashoka Pillar and all Varanasi has to offer by arranging your trip with our Varanasi family vacation planner.
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  • July 13, 2017
    This pillar of ashoka, was cut into pieces by invaders at that time. The remainings collected and placed as in photo. Situated inside a park.  more »
  • June 28, 2017
    this is the original pillar from where those marks and all taken, however now only parts of the pillar are available. These parts are now safe in a mirror room in Sarnath city  more »
  • June 22, 2017
    These remnants of the Ashoka Pillar have been showcased among the excavation site at the Sarnath. Only the three portions of the broken pedestal remain here, the rest of the top portion bearing the fo...  more »
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  • July 5, 2017
    This is the site of the Ancient pillar with the sculpture of Ashoka Symbol atop. The pillar is broken but the Ashoka symbol is well preserved in the nearby museum. The sculpture is among the finest pieces of the ancient Indian Art. Today the symbol is recognised as the national emblem of India, which could be seen on many government buildings, on the caps and shoulders of Defence or Police uniforms. In India the symbol is considered among few highly dignified icons.
  • July 6, 2017
    This is the real and original place where great king Ashoka's pillar and over it Ashoka's CHAKKRA found during digging by archaeological survey of India. Pillar were found in 5 parts and right now visible and covered by glass housing. This was made by order of greatest king chakravarti Ashok during his ruling time. Ashok CHAKKRA is kept in museum near by it. This place is symbol of strong, unite and rich ancient India with the help of great Ashoka and professor Chankya ( आचार्य चाणक्य). At later huge span of history (nearby more than 2000 years) India was never unite till 1947. So this place have a great message to all Indian and world. Don't forget to educate your children about great ancient India while being here. Precaution: Don't hire any guide here. Even unknown person can roam and understand all the places.
  • July 2, 2017
    Good atmosphere, greenery.
  • January 28, 2017
    Exact location of Ashokan Pillar (National Symbol)
  • May 1, 2017
    It's very historical place 4 Lion Capital

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