Silhoutte of Taj Mahal palace Hotel

Soar like an eagle...or a pigeon

This picture was taken in the Hanging Garden. No I am not talking about the Hanging Gardens of Babylon but Bombay. I remember how disappointed Mira and I were when we went there for the first time. Going by the name we were expecting something exotic but found a garden on top of a water tank instead. This is the the national emblem of India, which is an adaptation of the Buddhist Lion Capital of Asoka at Sarnath, near Varanasi in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. King Ashoka erected this to mark the spot where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma, and where the Buddhist Sangha was founded. There are four lions, standing back to back, mounted on an abacus girded by four smaller animals - guardians of the four directions: the lion of the north, the elephant of the east, the bull of the south and the horse of the west 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

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