January 26, the day on which our constitution came into the force and we Indians celebrate it’s as Republic Day with much pride. Every corner of the nation glitters with flag hoisting ceremonies and resonates multi-cultures of the country. Our tricolour flag narrates a great tales of our brave heroes who sacrificed their lives for our nation. The Chakra in the mid of our flag denotes Dharma and it was taken from Ashoka Pillar. Have you ever pondered that where is our original national emblem placed at present? No worries!! Today on the occasion of Republic Day, we touringwala are going to explore the place where our national emblem is standing majestically. Yeah, our original national emblem is preserved very well in Sarnath archaeological museum, Uttar Pradesh. What are you waiting for? Just give a quick scroll down to know more about our national emblem at Sarnath.
Sarnath – Abode of Indian national emblem
Sarnath, a historical destination in Varanasi of Uttar Pradesh, has entwined its roots with Buddhism. It is the place where our great Buddha gave his first preaching to his followers. Ashoka, the great Mauryan emperor built many pillars during his reign on the premises of the Buddhist monasteries and to your surprise, our emblem of the nation was taken from the pillar erected at the deer park, Sarnath. Now, one can catch a glimpse of a monolithic pillar in Sarnath which was completely made of sandstone and once it was surmounted with four addorsed lion capital.
Archaeology Museum Sarnath
Nestled in the heart of Varanasi, Sarnath Museum is one of the oldest and exemplary museums in India which aimed to preserve and display myriads of antiquities that found during various excavations. Sarnath, a prominent Buddhist site and is a great treasure trove for Buddhist excavations. The government of India decided to build a museum to preserve the site excavations under the supervision of Sir John Marshall, the then Director-General of Archaeological Survey of India in 1905. Numerous excavated historical artifacts and monuments that date back to third century B.C to twelfth century B.C are in the exhibit in five galleries of the museum. It is a perfect place for history aficionados to know more about the ancient history of India.
Gallery Number 3
When once you step into the gallery number 3 in the Sarnath museum, the rare views of the lion capital, India’s national emblem brings goosebumps to everyone and enhances the patriotic feelings. No one can resist themselves to give a salute to our Indian emblem. Measuring 2.31-metre-high and is made of Chunar sandstone is an exquisite example of unique Mauryan architecture. We all know that the lions’ capital is adopted as a National Emblem of the Republic of India on 26 January 1950. It’s a great opportunity for everyone to capture the real emblem. Words fall short to narrate the architecture of the sculpture one must visit at least once in a lifetime. Since 1910, the emblem has been in Sarnath museum and the authorities taking special care to protect the lion capital from humidity and temperature changes. To protect the monument, museum authorities placed railing around the national emblem. Capture the rare views of the Indian national emblem from behind the railing and under the guard of armed personnel. Tens of thousands of visitors from across the world make a beeline to Sarnath museum to know more about the great history of ancient India.
Sarnath Museum timings:
The museum kept open from 10 am to 5 pm on every day and Friday is holiday for the museum.
Route Map to Sarnath Museum:
Never give a miss to visit Sarnath archaeological museum to capture the unique vistas of real Indian national emblem.
(IC: Sarnath Archaeological Museum)