The Lion Capital of Ashoka Pillar contains four lions, standing back to back, mounted on an abacus separated by intervening spoked chariot-wheels over a bell-shaped lotus. Carved out of a single block of polished sandstone, the capital was believed to be crowned by a ‘Wheel of Dharma’. The four animals in the Lion capital of Ashoka are believed to symbolize different steps of Lord Buddha’s life. The Elephant represents the Buddha’s idea in reference to the dream of Queen Maya of a white elephant entering her womb. TheBull represents desire during the life of the Buddha as a prince. The Horse represents Buddha’s departure from palatial life. The Lion represents the accomplishment of Buddha hood.