State Emblem of India
|State Emblem of India|
|Armiger||Republic of India|
|Adopted||26 January 1950|
|Escutcheon||Lion Capital of Ashoka|
|Motto||Satyameva Jayate |
("Truth Alone Triumphs")
(from the "Mundaka Upanishad", a part of Hindu Vedas)
The State Emblem of India is the national emblem of India. The emblem is taken from the Lion Capital of Ashoka, a statue from 250 BCE. The statue consists of four Asiatic lions back to back, with the two-dimensional emblem showing three lions.
An emblem based upon the Lion Capital of Ashoka was first adopted as the emblem of the Dominion of India in December 1947. The current version of the emblem was officially adopted on 26 January 1950, the day India became a republic.