Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a 6.5-metre-tall National Emblem on the roof of the under-construction Parliament building.
About the ‘National Emblem’ of India –
- National Emblem of India is a representative seal of the Republic of India.
- It is an adaptation of the Lion Capital of Asoka at Sarnath.
- In the original, there are four lions, mounted back to back, on a circular abacus, which itself rests on a bell-shaped lotus.
- The frieze of the abacus has sculptures in high relief of an elephant, a galloping horse, a bull and a lion separated by intervening Dharma Chakras.
- It was adopted on 26 January 1950.
Features of national emblem –
- The adopted version of the State Emblem of India consists of —
- The profile of the Lion Capital showing three lions mounted on the abacus with a Dharma Chakra in the centre;
- a bull on the right and a galloping horse on the left, and
- outlines of Dharma Chakras on the extreme right and left.
- The bell-shaped lotus was omitted.
- The motto Satyameva Jayate, written in Devanagari script below the profile of the Lion Capital is part of the State Emblem of India.