Bull, elephant, horse and lion are most frequently seen animals on Ujjain coins. These occupied important places in the daily life and artwork of the people of India throughout the ages. The rich coinages of Ujjain present these animals sometimes in a simple form, in other cases in artistically high grade executions.
The outstanding position of the lion in Indian life, culture and art is vividly illustrated by the national Indian emblem, an adaptation of the lion capital of Ashoka at Sarnath (near Varanasi in UP) which is crowned by four lions standing on an abacus decorated with a frieze depicting an elephant, horse, lion and bull. In Buddhism lions are depicted as dharma protectors supporting the throne of lord Buddha and of bodhisattvas (followers of Buddha striving for enlightenment) – symbolizing consistency, strength and wisdom. In Hindu mythology the lion appears as one of the avatars (personifications) of the god Vishnu. There was no threat and no enemy the ‘king of the animals’ had to fear and hence the lion’s majesty and royalty are easily understandable attributes.
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