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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Sanchi: Photo 5

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Here we look at the rear side of the north gateway.  There are seven  freestanding figures on the top.  Fragmentary as they are, they're still in better shape than the figures atop the other three gateways.  In the center is a broken dharmacakra, or wheel of the law.  It was framed by a pair of protective spirits or yakshas, which are framed in turn by a pair of triratnas and a pair of lions.  The triratna symbolizes the Buddhist trinity of Buddha, dharma (law), and sangha (the fraternity of monks). 

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