State Emblem of India

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.

State Emblem of India
Emblem of India.svg
Armiger Republic of India
Adopted26 January 1950
EscutcheonLion Capital of Ashoka
MottoSatyameva Jayate
("Truth Alone Triumphs")
(from the "Mundaka Upanishad", a part of Hindu Vedas)

An emblem based upon the Lion Capital of Ashoka was first adopted as the emblem of the Dominion of India in December 1947.[1] The current version of the emblem was officially adopted on 26 January 1950, the day India became a republic.[2]


  1. "Press Communique' - State Emblem" (PDF). Press Information Bureau of India - Archive. Archived (PDF) from the original on 8 August 2017.
  2. "State Emblem". Know India. Government of India. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2016.