Built around the same time as the great stupa, this Chunar sandstone pillar is in a fragmentary condition. The base is still erect at its original position; however, the upper part has been moved under a canopy. The Pillar has inscriptions from Ashoka Schism Edict and other inscriptions in Sankha script of Gupta Period. The Ashoka Pillars were crowned by animals, and this one was topped by four lions, which is quite similar to the one in Sarnath, which is topped by India’s national emblem. Your tour to Sanchi would definitely be incomplete if you miss seeing the Ashoka Pillar.