First Asoka Lion Capital of Thailand

First Asoka Lion Capital of Thailand
Enshrined at Wat Tung Sri-Vilai, Tumbon She Tuan,
Umpur Keung Nai, Ubonratchathani Province, Thailand
On Wednesday 14th May 2008, at 10:09am.

Asoka Lion Capital… a brief history.

The Lion capital of Ashoka is a sculpture of four “Indian lions” standing back to back. It was originally placed atop the Aśoka pillar at Sarnath, now in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. The pillar, sometimes called the Aśoka Column is still in its original location, but the Lion Capital is now in the Sarnath Museum. This Lion Capital of Ashoka from Sarnath has been adopted as the National Emblem of India and the wheel “Ashoka Chakra” from its base was placed onto the center of the National Flag of India.

The capital contains four lions (Indian / Asiatic 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 spoked chariot-wheels over a bell-shaped lotus. Carved out of a single block of polished sandstone, the capital was believed to be crowned by a ‘Wheel of Dharma‘ (Dharmachakra popularly known in India as the “Ashoka Chakra“), which has now been lost. There is a similar intact Ashoka pillar in Thailand (see photo) with a similar four lion capital intact and crowned with Ashoka Chakra / Dharmachakra.


The Buddha-Visek Image

The Buddha-Visek Image, residing at Wat Tung Sri-Vilai is one of the most sacredly famous Buddha Images of Ubonratchathani Province, Thailand… historically dating back to the Sri-Vichai period.

8 Responses to “First Asoka Lion Capital of Thailand”

  1. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog.

    Tim Ramsey

  2. Thank you for your comment.

  3. nice one ya know. it covers everything

  4. cool man. i like it very much.

  5. narasimha reddy Says:

    hi im narasimha i feel ur greate

  6. It’s my place of stay while I was in Bangkok, the abbot is very kind to the children. He ordains kids that parents won’t care for any longer. Tons of ceremonies all year round of course, public and monarch donations keep the big temple of 250 monks & novices afloat. The kids studies Pali mainly, not much use since it’s quite extinct, the adults seemed to be into power play. It’s the way of Thai Buddhism for the current generation. I traveled a lot and appreciated the abbot for his hospitalities.

  7. The fragile wheel that was on top of the 4 lions was later found near the base of the pillar. Its re-asembled pieces are on display in the museum at Sarnath. But by that time the wheel-less capital had already become our national emblem.

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