ASHOKAN INSCRIPTIONS PDF

C Living in the violence-ridden world today, the message of these oldest inscriptions of emperor Ashoka 3rd century B. The greatest emphasis is the regard for sanctity of life. The other points are reverence, sympathy and truthfulness. Cruelty, irreverence, intolerance and falsehood were to be avoided. Ashoka insisted on liberality and reverence to all persons.

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Many Buddhist monuments had been created in the wide-spread area. In these edicts, Buddhism and the Buddha are also mentioned. While in the western parts of the empire, the script used is Kharoshti, written in Prakrit. To add to the variety, one extract in the Edict 13 is written in Greek and Aramaic. The world came to know of these details of Mauryan empire and Ashoka when the edicts and inscriptions were decoded by British Archaeologist James Princep. Major Rock Edicts: There are fourteen major rock edicts in series and two separate.

It tells about the Yuktas which were subordinate officers and Pradesikas who were district Heads accompanied with Rajukas Rural officers would go to the all the parts of the kingdom every five years to spread the Dhamma Policy of Ashoka.

It also talks about the impact of Dhamma on the society. Major Rock Edict V — It concerns about the policy of people towards their slaves. Welfare measures for the people. This is repaeted in 12th edict. Major Rock Edict X — It condemns the desire for fame and glory of individual and stresses upon popularity of Dhamma. Minor Rock Edicts: These are inscribed on 15 rocks found across India.

It is interesting to note here that, Ashoka has used his name only at these four places. Pillar Edicts: The pillars edicts use two types of stones. Another type is a Buff colored Sandstone and Quartzite sourced from Amravati. There are a total 11 pillars that have been found in India and Nepal.

All of these pillars are monolithis made from single rock. Pillar Edict III — It abolishes the practice of harshness, cruelty, anger, pride among his subjects as sins. Pillar Edict V — This edicts describes the list of animals and birds which shall not be killed on listed days. Also there is another list of animals which must not be killed at all occasions.

He observes that all sects desire self control as well as purity of mind.

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Pillars of Ashoka

Many Buddhist monuments had been created in the wide-spread area. In these edicts, Buddhism and the Buddha are also mentioned. While in the western parts of the empire, the script used is Kharoshti, written in Prakrit. To add to the variety, one extract in the Edict 13 is written in Greek and Aramaic. The world came to know of these details of Mauryan empire and Ashoka when the edicts and inscriptions were decoded by British Archaeologist James Princep. Major Rock Edicts: There are fourteen major rock edicts in series and two separate.

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Ashoka’s Edicts and Inscriptions- History Study Material & Notes

Minor Rock Edict from Maski. Map of the Minor Rock Edicts The Minor Rock Edicts are often Buddhist in character, and some of them specifically mentions the name "Asoka" , center of the top line in conjonction with the title "Devanampriya" Beloved-of-the-gods. The Minor Rock Edicts of Ashoka r. Chronologically, the first known edict, sometimes classified as a Minor Rock Edict, is the Kandahar Bilingual Rock Inscription , in Greek and in Aramaic, written in the 10th year of his reign BCE at the border of his empire with the Hellenistic world , in the city of Old Kandahar in modern Afghanistan. The dedicatory inscriptions of the Barabar caves are also sometimes classified among the Minor Rock Edicts of Ashoka.

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