Ashokan Pillar at Sarnath Excavation site in Sarnath which is one of the four main pilgrimage holy sites to Buddha's located in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India🇮🇳 Isn't it back to the school time in the history period when those professors taught us about the Great Ashoka, except those history geeks I'm sure enough that we all got bored!! Right??but now after roaming around those excavation sites what I experienced is totally different and interesting.
Most important feature of these pillars are it was once surmounted by the famous four addorsed Lion🦁 Capital which is now the NATIONAL EMBLEM of GOVT OF INDIA.
As written on Descriptive tablet, these are the fragment of a 15.25 meter High Monolithic pillar created by the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka(272-232 BCE) made of chunar sandstone.
The pillar bears three inscriptions,
(1) The earliest one is an edict of Ashoka, in the Mauryan brahmi script in which the king warns the monks and nuns against creating schism in the Sangha.
(2) Mention the 40th year of the Kushana King Asvaghosha of Kaushambi.
(3) The third is in the early Gupta brahmi script refers to the teachers of the Sammitiya sect and of the Vastiputrak school.
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