- The state emblem is an adaptation from the Sarnath Lion Capital of
Ashoka. There are four lions standing back to back, mounted on an abacus with the sculptures of an elephant, a galloping horse, a bull and a lion separated by intervening wheels over a bell shaped lotus. Carved out of a single block of polished sandstone, the capital is crowned by the Wheel of the Law (Dharmachakra).
- In the state emblem, adopted by the Govt. of India on 26 th Jan. 1950, only 3 lions are visible, the fourth being hidden and the abacus
- with a bull on right and a horse on left. The bell shaped lotus has been omitted.
The words Satyatneva Jayate from Mundaka Upanishad, meaning ‘Truth Alone Triumphs’, are inscribed below the abacus in Devanagari Script.
The Indian National Emblem represents the authority of the Govt. The use of the State emblem of India as official seal of the Govt. of India, is regulated by the State of India (Prohibition of Improper Use) Act, 2005.