Topra village is situated about 20 kilometre south of Yamuna Nagar, The pillar at Kotla was erected at this place by Emperor Ashoka . The height of this pillar is 42 feet 7 inches. This was polished up to a height of 35 feet and the other part was rough. Feroz Shah Tughlaq brought this column in 1365 AD and erected at the top of his palace at Kotla . Very few people are aware of this historical fact that Topra was once the centre of religious faith for the followers of Buddhism . Occasionally People from the abroad come to this village to see the place where it was founded by Emperor Ashoka . But historians are still not sure about its exact location .
According to Historian, this Ashokan pillars used to have an average height of 50 feet and the perimeter is 50 inches and weight equal to 50 tons . All columns were made of same stone. In Haryana The Buddhist Forum is working for creating the awareness about the Buddhist heritage which are in neglected and ruined conditions . The former director of CBI Joginder Singh is the ambassador of the Forum. President of the Forum Sidhartha told that the Ashokan pillar at Kotla is in one of the finest pillar in conditions with respect to the other pillars found all over India .
Ashoka Pillar at Topra was carried in a special designed cart which has 42 wheels and was pulled by 200 men . As Delhi was at a distance 120 miles from Topra therefore 8400 mens were involved in this transportation work .