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The Indian National Emblem

The State emblem is an adaptation from the Sarnath Lion Capital of Ashoka. In the original, there are four lions, standing back to back, mounted on an abacus with a frieze carrying sculptures in high relief of an elephant, a galloping horse, a bull and a lion separated by intervening wheels over a bell-shaped lotus. Carved out of a single block of polished sandstone, the capital is crowned by the Wheel of the Law -"Dharma Chakra".

In the State emblem, adopted by the Government of India on 26 January 1950,only three lions are visible, the fourth being hidden from view. The wheel appears in relief in the center of the abacus with a bull on right and a horse on left and the outlines of other wheels on extreme right and left. The bell-shaped lotus has been omitted. The words Satyameva Jayate from Mundaka Upanishad, meaning ‘Truth Alone Triumphs’, are inscribed below the abacus in Devanagari script.

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The emblem forms a part of the official letterhead of the Government of India, and appears on all Indian currency as well, as shown below.

It appears prominently on the diplomatic and national Passport of the Republic of India.

 

 

  1. Indian Flag   
  2. JANA GANA MANA - Indian National Anthem  
  3. VANDE MATARAM -Indian Ntional Song
  4. LOTUS - Indian National Flower   
  5. TIGER - Indian National Animal   
  6. PEACOCK - Indian National Bird
  7. LION OF SARNATH - IndianNational Emblem   
  8. HINDI - Indian National Language  
  9. RUPEE & PAISE - Indian National Currency

 

 

 

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