Ashoka Emblem On New Parliament

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Ashoka Emblem On New Parliament

  • The Lion Capital of Ashoka, India's state emblem, was placed atop the under-construction Parliament building in New Delhi.
  • The metal sculpture was built in Aurangabad, Jaipur, and Delhi by artists
    • Sunil Deore
    • Lakshman Vyas
  • The earlier design incorporated a spire, which was later changed to the emblem in 2020.

India’s National Emblem

  • The state emblem depicts four lions, standing back to back.
  • It is an adaptation from the Sarnath Lion Capital of Ashoka, near Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.
  • Carved out of a single block of polished sandstone, the capital is crowned by the Wheel of the Law (Dharma Chakra).
  • The Lion Capital was erected in the third century BC by Asoka to mark the spot where Buddha first delivered his sermon.