The history behind Indian emblem

The history behind Indian emblem

We started using our Indian emblem from 26 January 1950 (Republic day).

India, a country famous for its politics, diversity, and standing in world news for its strange policies and decisions. Not only for its policies and decisions but also India is being remembered for its heritage and history.  We now get to know such kind of precious stone in the crown of Indian history the National Emblem, “State emblem of India”.

National emblem design resembling the actual pillar of Ashoka in Varanasi, Sarnath.

It has been taken from the pillar of Ashoka and is proposed by Badruddin tyabjit to Prime Minister (Nehru), the pillar is built by emperor Ashoka the great on the request of his wife for his triumph all over the sub-continent. 

He is the one amongst the powerful rulers of India who ruled for around 30 years, it is built in Varanasi Sarnath (Uttar Pradesh). 

The national emblem on Coins, Postcards, Notes, envelopes

We can see our National emblem on the coins, currency, postal cards and envelops. In original, they are 4 lions back to back but in the emblem, only three lions can be seen as its a 2D image. There is a wheel under the lion which is separated by a line with it. Left to the wheel there is a horse, and a bull is in its right and two more animals include an Ox and Elephant.

All these four animals resemble four directions, they also resemble four main rivers of the country. The moving animals follow one another turning the wheel of existence, lions are the symbol of royalty and leadership.

Old pic of the pillar of Ashoka at its place – (Left) Polished pillar of Ashoka in the Sarnath Museum – (Right)

Ashoka (The Great) promoted Buddhism in a wide range at the end of his regimen, this pillar of him resembles that clearly. Where in Buddhist symbolism the lotus is the symbol of purity of the body, speech, and mind as while rooted in mud, its flowers blossom on the long stalk as if floating above the muddy waters of attachment and desire. It is also symbolic of detachment as drops of water easily slide off its petals. All the setup of these lions is topped on the inverted lotus. 

Below the symbol, there is an inscription in Devanagari script written as “Satyameva Jayate” means “Truth Alone Triumphs”. This script is decoded by James Prinep in 1835.

So now you got to know about it I think so… Whenever you come across our national emblem feel proud for our hereditary that is standing strong for decades even of so many invasions – Jai Hindh


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