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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Sanchi: Photo 11

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The south gateway.  Note the double staircase by which the terrace or medhi is reached.  The capitals beneath the architraves show the famous lions found on Ashokan columns.  The matching figures on the north and east gateways are elephants, but about 50 feet behind the camera was Sanchi's Ashokan column, with lion capitals.   The column is gone now; part was taken by a local landowner who needed a roller to crush sugarcane.

The top and bottom architraves are backwards and non-narrative; the middle one shows the stupa of Ramagrama, where nagas prevented Ashoka from removing relics for redistribution more widely.

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