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in Indian Buddhist art, a monolithic memorial stone pillar, usually topped with a lotus-shaped capital with symbolic animal sculptures.

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stamba, stambha

In Hindu architecture and derivatives, a freestanding column surmounted by a large symbol.
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In a spontaneous outpouring of solidarity, medical students, hostel staff and other volunteers worked all night, with construction material freely donated by local contractors, to build a Shaheed Smriti Stambha - a memorial to the language martyrs, which was opened to the public the following morning on February 24.
Now it is being said that the Qutub Minar was built by emperor Samudragupta and its real name was Vishnu Stambha. At another level, the battles for power between Shivaji and Afzal Khan, the battle between Akbar and Maharana Pratap, Guru Govind Singh and Aurangzeb, were given religious colour.
(93) The socle is the part that connects the pillar (stambha) and wheel (cakra) securely in place.
An Ashok Stambha, symbolic of independence and sovereignty, stands in front of the shrine.
The coin of 150 Rupee contain Rabindranath Tagore image on one side and on another side it will contain the image of Ashok Stambha.
The female element likewise can assume the pillar (stambha) aspect in this connection, which at Adichunchanagiri is manifest in the Goddess Ambika taking the form of Stambhambika.
The authorities for the first time have included the Swadhinata Stambha (Independence Monument) at the Suhrawardy Udyan as part of the book fair.
Gaze at the milk and chant the following mantra, Om Namo Bhagavate Mahabale Parakramaya Manobhilasitam Manah Stambha Kuru Kuru Svaha , 21 times and then drink the milk.
According to the Yogasutra, the mind is calmed by exhaling and restraining prana by the technique of pranayama (control of the breath) which is normally practiced after the postures (asana) are perfected.(99) Pranayama involves a threefold operation: external (vahya) or the expulsion of breath, internal (abhyantara) or the drawing in of breath, and suppression (stambha) or suspension of breathing, which becomes long and subtle when observed according to time (calculation of short time units), space (the breath's scope and distance, i.e., from the tip of the nose or navel to the mouth), and number (the counting of breaths).(100) There is also a fourth pranayama which transcends both external and internal operations, and is more subtle than the third pranayama.