(Last Updated on : 07/07/2012)
Pillar 26 at Sanchi stands to the north of Pillar 25. It is broken, with fragments lying near the platform. Dating from the fifth century AD, it consisted of two pieces, one comprising a square base and a circular shaft and the other a bell-shaped lotus, cable-necking, circular abacus relieved with unsymmetrical clumsily-executed birds and lotuses, quadripartite lions and the crowning dharma-chakra (now in the Site Museum). The mutilated inscription on the portion of the shaft standing in situ records the gift of a Vajrapani Pillar
, two pillars of a gateway, the mandapa of a monastery and a gateway by one Rudra.
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