Ashokan inscriptions remain a valuable source for the study of Ashoka and the Maurayan Empire because: * The monuments before the. Considering that Bairat has yielded two Ashokan Inscriptions—the Calcutta- Bairat Rock Edict and the Minor Rock Edict I—it must have formed a region of. The inscriptions and edicts of Asoka refer to a collection of 33 In these inscriptions, Ashoka refers to himself as “Beloved of the Gods” and.

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

These are inscribed on 15 rocks found across India. If some things written are incomplete, this is because of the locality, or in consideration of the object, or due to the fault of the ashoakn.

Readings Selected by King Asoka http: Ashokan inscriptions which were discovered during the course of nineteenth and twentieth century across the subcontinent are written in the Brahmi, Kharoshthi, and also in Greek and Aramaic.

This alone is clearly indicative of the fact that Mauryan emperor Ashoka was quite aware and sensitive towards how his inscriptionx should be conveyed to his subjects. Girnar version, issued in B.

Ashokan Inscriptions

Another document, the Mahavamsa XII, 1st paragraph[87] also states that in the 17th year of his reign, at the end of the Third Buddhist CouncilAshoka sent Buddhist missionaries to eight parts of Southern Asia and the “country of the Yonas ” Greeks to propagate Buddhism. This I desire, that all of ye priests and priestesses;righteous men and religious women, yea everyone of ye, ever hearing this, bear it in your hearts!


They were likely to have been ordered to be placed within specific geo-cultural contexts by Ashoka himself who, as we know, was based in Pataliputra, the capital of Magadha.

I have had this Dhamma edict written so that my sons and great-grandsons may not consider making new conquests, or that if military conquests are made, that they be done with forbearance and light punishment, or better still, that they consider making conquest by Dhamma only, for that bears fruit in this world and the next. Reference to these can be seen inscribed on the stone edicts. A Source-Book with Bibliography. Other versions substitute the following up to the end of the edict.

incsriptions But whoever amongst them neglects this, they will do evil. References Barua, Beni Madhab. Beloved-of-the-Gods, King Piyadasi, said concerning this: I am never content with exerting myself or with despatching business. Those who are bored with the administration of justice will not be promoted; those who are not will move upwards and be promoted.

That is why it ashokann to be known as the Calcutta-Bairat Rock inscription. Far from being sectarianAshoka, based on a belief that all religions shared a common, positive incriptions, encouraged tolerance and understanding of other religions. The old residents of Bairat, in fact, used to say that the inscription was carried away from there by a European officer.

Office of the Superintendent of Government Printing. I have done many good deeds, and, if my sons, grandsons and their descendants up to the end of the world act in like manner, they too will do much good. A History of Rajasthan. But through my instruction this regard for Dhamma and love of Dhamma has grown day by day, and will continue to grow. Indeed, it is my wish that in this way, even if a prisoner’s time is limited, he can prepare for the next world, and that people’s Dhamma practice, self-control and generosity inscriptkons grow.


The edicts describe in detail Ashoka’s view about dhammaan earnest attempt to solve some of the problems inscri;tions a complex society faced.

Now they work among all religions for the establishment of Dhamma, for the promotion of Dhamma, and for the welfare and happiness of all who are devoted to Dhamma. Therefore your aim should be to act with impartiality. On the basis of the type of material on which these are inscribed, there are two main categories: Skip to main content. If you find this work of value, please consider sending a donation to the author or publisher, so that these works may continue to be made available.

Indian History: Ashokan Inscriptions

The Lumbini pillar marks the Buddha’s birthplace, while inscriptions on it commemorate Ashoka’s pilgrimage to that place. It also displays an in-depth understanding of the political language of the Hellenic world in the 3rd century BCE. That is why the inscription must have been named after Bhabru.

This is the result of zeal and it is not just the great who can do this. For instance, the name of his mother varies from text to text.