This is India House, the office of the Indian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. I had to go there to pick up my OCI papers so took some pics of this lovely building.
With the emblem of India emblazoned on it. The three headed lion motif of Ashoka on a pillar, with the sunburst symbol and the words, “truth always wins”. Not that the current crop of politicians will know anything about Ashoka or Truth, corrupt thieving bastards.
There are proud panther statues on the top. It could also be a lion, but I am not sure.
There are these round symbols on the walls outside. I was very puzzled by these. India doesnt have a tradition of heraldic shields or plaques. So what on earth are these? Turns out, these are representations of Indian states way back in the 1920’s. Here are the relevant states and what they mean from the HCI site.
Fishes, which to Hindus and Muslims alike stand for good luck, and a bow and arrow referring to Rajput traditions.
The lettering on the front. With a traditional stone filigree on the window. Very nice.
Check out the facade.
Interestingly enough, right at the top, there are these two heraldic signs. To me, they look like the royal heraldic signs of the crown of the United Kingdom. Fascinating. But why still have them?
Well, dont dump.