On Monday, 11 July, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the National Emblem, which stands 6.5 metres tall and weighs 9,500 kg, on the new Parliament building.

Look at the historical value and prevailing significance of the national emblem, which traces its origins back to the third century BCE, whereas this grand structure took 9 months to complete.

An emblem is the country’s and state governments’ official seal. The National Emblem symbolises the strength of the nation while representing the Constitution’s guiding principles.

The Lion Capital placed atop the Ashoka Pillar in Uttar Pradesh’s Sarnath represented the National Emblem. After the Constitution went into effect, India became a republic in 1950. India’s National Emblem, the India Lion Capital, was adopted as the nation’s symbol on January 26, 1950, signifying the country’s sovereignty and the beginning of a new republic state.

Every official document issued by the government of India, including letterheads, banknotes, and passports, imposes the National Emblem. It serves as the official seal for all federal, state, and local government offices and is a necessary component of all official government document.

The National Emblem, in 2D vision, demonstrates only three lions, with the fourth one not visible, while the Lion Capital shows four Asiatic lions seated next to each other on a cylindrical bottom with four Ashok Chakras carved on it.

Only one Ashok Chakra is noticeable in the front of the National Emblem, encircled by a galloping horse to the left and a bull to the right. The national theme of the nation, “Satyameva Jayate,” which translates to “Truth alone triumphs,” is written in Devnagiri script beneath the Lion Capital in the nation’s emblem.

In Buddhism, the Ashoka Chakra represents the ‘wheel of Dharma (religion) or law.’ In 250 BC, Ashoka built Sarnath, and the pillar is reputed as Ashok Stambh.

There are two lions named “Bhadra” and “Vajradatta” below Ashoka Stambh. Lions stand for power, bravery, and honour.