Ruins of UP dating back to the time of Emperor Ashoka?

The ancients used to say that there were ruins of a brick building near the power station in the famous city of Meerut in Uttar Pradesh. With the construction of the power station, the ruins were further destroyed. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has established a special office in Meerut to explore the historical significance of the city. These ancient ruins have been found to be over 2,200 years old and date back to the Mauryan period. Archaeologists believe that this is the base of a monolithic pillar erected by Asoka, the third emperor of the Mauryan Empire, who had a decisive influence on the Indian subcontinent. “A canopy 30 meters long and 35 meters wide has been found near the powerhouse at Vikas Puri. It is true that it dates back to the Mauryan Empire. Such bricks were used at that time .’– Archaeological superintendent Braj Sunder Gadnaik told the Times of India that the bricks used to build the attic were 42 cm long, 26 cm wide and 8 cm high. These are characteristic of the Mauryan Empire period. A lot of pottery and pottery can be found here. Pottery from the Mauryan period was known as northern black polished wear. These are usually red-colored vessels. Similar vessels were obtained from Meerut. A special link has also been found connecting the Kali River. ASII hopes the expedition has helped finding the pillar erected by Emperor Ashoka in Meerut in the 3rd century BC The Meerut Gazette of 1904 states that the pillar erected by Emperor Ashoka in Meerut was later moved to Delhi, said Dr. KK Sharma, who led the archaeological excavations at Sinoli in western Uttar Pradesh. But he explained that he was unable to find out where the pillar was located in Uttar Pradesh. The Meerut Gazette was compiled by an official historian, HR Neville. According to HR Neville, historical records indicate that Emperor Ashoka erected a monolith near Meerut. Shams Siraj Afif, a historian who lived during the reign of Feroze Shah Tughlaq (1309-1388), the ruler of Delhi, writes that the pillar, which was erected in a hunting palace in Meerut, was later moved to Delhi. But HR Neville added that there was no evidence of where the pillar was placed in Meerut. According to Brajsunder Gadnaik, the exploration has just begun and nothing can be said at this time. There is no doubt that the ruins date back to the Mauryan period. This gives hope that the place where the pillar was placed can be found. But he added that he couldn’t say anything authoritative at the moment.

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Emperor Ashoka and the pillars

Emperor Ashoka erected several monolithic pillars in the areas under the Mauryan Empire. They were built in Chunar in the Mirzapur district of Uttar Pradesh and were later relocated to different parts of the state. These are known as pillars of the Dharma and are inscribed with royal inscriptions. Two of them were transferred to Delhi by the then Sultan of Delhi, Feroz Shah Tughlaq. The Meerut and Ambala pillars in Haryana were brought to Delhi during the Tughlaq rule. One of them is located near the Bara Hindu Rao Hospital, near the Delhi University campus. It is also known as the Delhi-Meerut pillar. The Delhi-Topra Pillar is located in the Feroz Shah Kotla terrain. The national emblem of India was formed from the Ashoka pillar after India’s independence in 1947. The Ashoka pillar was adopted as the national symbol of India on January 26, 1950. The pillar is in a museum at Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh. The Ashoka Chakra can be seen at the base of the Ashoka Pillar and is placed in the center of the Indian National Flag. ****

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