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Address: Sarnath, Varanasi, India
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Broken history

Broken pieces of Ashoka piller built by Ashoka and destroyed by Mughals are kept in premises of Sarnath. Pullers in pieces and four lions kept in Sarnath museum tell the history.

Reviewed 17 April 2017
Sk K
Chandigarh, India
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very absorbing to see the glories of India over centuries and realize contribution of Emperor Ashoka towards the great country India

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Bengaluru, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located inside the Dhamek Stupa area in Sarnath, the remains of the Ashok Stambh can be found. The pillar was broken during Mughal Age, and only the base of the pillar can be seen here. The rest is in the Sarnath museum. The pillars retains its polish from the Mauryan age.

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New Delhi, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an advantage of visiting Sarnath. You will witnessed one of three Ashoka Stambh in India. This is inside Dhamek Stupa Campus. You will find this Pillar while passing through excavation area. This has been kept inside the glass wall so you cannot touch it. The description of this is scripted on stones outside which can be read.

Thank Abhinav K
Chandigarh, India
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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Broken pieces of Ashoka piller built by Ashoka and destroyed by Mughals are kept in premises of Sarnath. Pullers in pieces and four lions kept in Sarnath museum tell the history.

Thank Sk K
Caterham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

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.

Thank TravellerGillian
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Reviewed 28 February 2017

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

Thank Debanjan B
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Reviewed 22 February 2017 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

Thank nitin m
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

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.

Thank imAhuja
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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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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Reviewed 4 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.

Thank Brannon W

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