Emblem of Karnataka

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Emblem of Karnataka
Seal of Karnataka.svg
ArmigerThe Government of Karnataka
CrestThe Sarnath Lion Capital
BlazonGules, a Gandabherunda argent, a bordure azure
Supporters2 lion-elephant Sharabha
Motto"सत्यमेव जयते" (Satyameva Jayate, Sanskrit for "Truth Alone Triumphs")

The Emblem of Karnataka is the state emblem of Karnataka, India. The emblem is based on that of the Kingdom of Mysore and the Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom and is carried on all official correspondences made by the Government of Karnataka.


The emblem has a red shield charged with a white two-headed bird, Gandabherunda bordered in blue. The crest depicts the Lion Capital of Ashoka (also used as the emblem of the Government of India), on a blue circular abacus with a blue frieze carrying sculptures in high relief of a galloping horse on the left, a Dharmachakra in centre, a bull on the right, and the outlines of Dharmachakras on the extreme left and right as part of Sarnath's Ashoka Pillar. The shield is flanked on either side by red-maned, yellow lion-elephant Sharabha supporters (mythical creatures believed to be upholders of righteousness stronger than lions and elephants) standing on a green, leafy compartment. Below the compartment lies written in stylized Devanāgarī, the national motto of India, "सत्यमेव जयते" (Satyameva Jayate, Sanskrit for "Truth alone triumphs").[1]

Historical emblems[edit]

Government banner[edit]

The Government of Karnataka can be represented by a banner that depicts the emblem of the state on a white background. A flag was proposed in 2018 but was not formally adopted. The unofficial Kannada flag is also in use.

See also[edit]


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. "BhaKarnataka".

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