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Ashoka Pillar

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The Ashoka Pillar

Once a tall pillar it is now in five pieces. The top is in the archaeological museum and the four lions standing back to back has become the official emblem of India.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Caterham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Once a tall pillar it is now in five pieces. The top is in the archaeological museum and the four lions standing back to back has become the official emblem of India.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Ashokan pillar is one of the rarest ones of all of them found.The guide briefed us that this is the pillar from which our National emblem is taken.My suggestion is to take a guide as there are lot of stories to be heard on this place

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Must see this when you visit sarnath. Had read about it in history books. It was great to see it in actual. Nicely maintained by ASI

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Pillars were constructed by king Ashoka and damaged by mughals during their india visit. This is very popular among locals and situated inside the park in Sarnath, varanasi. People visit this point to see the pillar and this is being promoted for information.

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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

Broken pieces of Ashoka pillar was well maintained.It was about 12 kilos from Varanasi inside the historical park. Migadawon(in Myanmar) is a Buddhist pilgrimage site, and is dominated by a massive stupa, said to be where Buddha gave his first sermon in around 550 BC to his five disciples

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Davidsonville, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

The broken base and middle section of the pillar erected by king Asoka to commemorate the spot where the Buddha gave his first sermon. The top of the pillar is extremely well preserved and featured in the nearby archaeological museum.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

Ashokan pillar is the fragment of a 15.25 meter high monolithis pillar created by the mauryan emperor Ashoka(272-232) made of chunar sand stone. This bear the typical mauryan polish(remains same even after many centuries). The cylindrical shaft is slightly tapering with a diameter of 0.71mtr at the base & 0.56mtr at the top. It was one surmounted by the famous... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

My wife and I visited the Ashoka pillar whilst visiting the main archaeological site during a trip to Sarnath whilst visiting Varanasi during a tour of northern India. Located about 10km from Varanasi, Sarnath is a Buddhist pilgrimage centre, and is dominated by a massive stupa, said to be where Buddha gave his first sermon in around 550 BC. Next... More 

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Haldwani, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

It is in Archaeological Museum at Sarnath. It is attractive, beautiful and awesome, you need time (minimum 3 hours) to see and understand sculptures of this museum. You can not take camera, cell phone, purse, bags etc inside the museum. Locker facility is available.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Those who travel historical sites or ruins of the pasts, must bear in mind the importance of these items and the history behind them. Then you can appreciate and not say," Oh it is nothing, just some pillars" in a cage. They were constructed during the time of King Ashok and now part of India's National emblem. They are precious... More 

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