Ashoka This article is about the Indian emperor. For the nonprofit organization, see Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. Ashoka The Great Maurya Samrat A. PDF | 3rd century BCE India saw in Aśoka a legendary emperor, widely of leadership as an inherited quality resembles the ideas of the great. Ashoka was the son of the Mauryan. Emperor Bindusara by a relatively lower ranked queen named Dharma. Dharma was said to be the daughter of a poor.

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King Aśoka, the third monarch of the Mauryan dynasty in the third century B.C., was the first ruler of a unified India and one of the greatest political figures of all. INTRODUCTION OF ASHOKA THE - Download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online. The greatest emperor in indian history. comparison. Rhys Davids holds that the conversion of Asoka was the first great step on the downward path of Buddhism, the first step to its expulsion from India.

Ashoka had many wives and children, but many of their names are lost to time. Mahindra and Sanghamitra were twins born by her, in the city of Ujjain. He had entrusted to them the job of making Buddhism more popular across the known and the unknown world. In his old age, he seems to have come under the spell of his youngest wife Tishyaraksha.

It is said that she had got Ashoka's son Kunala, the regent in Takshashila and the heir presumptive to the throne, blinded by a wily stratagem. In Pataliputra, Ashoka heard Kunala's song, and realised that Kunala's misfortune may have been a punishment for some past sin of the emperor himself.

He condemned Tishyaraksha to death, restoring Kunala to the court. In the Ashokavadana, Kunala is portrayed as forgiving Tishyaraksha, having obtained enlightenment through Buddhist practice. While he urges Ashoka to forgive her as well, Ashoka does not respond with the same forgiveness. The reign of Ashoka Maurya might have disappeared into history as the ages passed by, had he not left behind records of his reign.

These records are in the form of sculpted pillars and rocks inscribed with a variety of actions and teachings he wished to be published under his name. The language used for inscription was Prakrit. In , Ashoka was ranked No. King Ashoka, the third monarch of the Indian Mauryan dynasty, has come to be regarded as one of the most exemplary rulers in world history.

Buddhist kingship Main articles: History of Buddhism and History of Buddhism in India Further information: Buddhism in Sri Lanka and Buddhism in Burma One of the more enduring legacies of Ashoka Maurya was the model that he provided for the relationship between Buddhism and the state.

Throughout Theravada Southeastern Asia, the model of rulership embodied by Ashoka replaced the notion of divine kingship that had previously dominated in the Angkor kingdom, for instance. Under this model of 'Buddhist kingship', the king sought to legitimise his rule not through descent from a divine source, but by supporting and earning the approval of the Buddhist sangha.


Following Ashoka's example, kings established monasteries, funded the construction of stupas, and supported the ordination of monks in their kingdom. Many rulers also took an active role in resolving disputes over the status and regulation of the sangha, as Ashoka had in calling a conclave to settle a number of contentious issues during his reign.

This development ultimately lead to a close association in many Southeast Asian countries between the monarchy and the religious hierarchy, an association that can still be seen today in the state-supported Buddhism of Thailand and the traditional role of the Thai king as both a religious and secular leader.

Ashoka also said that all his courtiers always governed the people in a moral manner. According to the legends mentioned in the 2nd-century CE text Ashokavadana, Asoka was not non-violent after adopting Buddhism.

On complaint from a Buddhist devotee, Asoka issued an order to arrest him, and subsequently, another order to kill all the Ajivikas in Pundravardhana. Around 18, followers of the Ajivika sect were executed as a result of this order. Asoka burnt him and his entire family alive in their house.

According to Ashokavadana, as a result of this order, his own brother was mistaken for a heretic and killed by a cowherd. His main interests were Sanchi and Sarnath, in addition to Harappa and Mohenjodaro. Sir Alexander Cunningham, a British archaeologist and army engineer, and often known as the father of the Archaeological Survey of India, unveiled heritage sites like the Bharhut Stupa, Sarnath, Sanchi, and the Mahabodhi Temple.

Mortimer Wheeler, a British archaeologist, also exposed Ashokan historical sources, especially the Taxila. Information about the life and reign of Ashoka primarily comes from a relatively small number of Buddhist sources.

Architectural remains of his period have been found at Kumhrar, Patna, which include an pillar hypostyle hall. Edicts of Ashoka -The Edicts of Ashoka are a collection of 33 inscriptions on the Pillars of Ashoka, as well as boulders and cave walls, made by Ashoka during his reign.

It is essentially a Hinayana text, and its world is that of Mathura and North-west India. The emphasis of this little known text is on exploring the relationship between the king and the community of monks the Sangha and setting up an ideal of religious life for the laity the common man by telling appealing stories about religious exploits.

Equally surprising is the record of his use of state power to spread Buddhism in an uncompromising fashion. As it often refers to the royal dynasties of India, the Mahavamsa is also valuable for historians who wish to date and relate contemporary royal dynasties in the Indian subcontinent. It is very important in dating the consecration of Ashoka.

Dipavamsa -The Dipavamsa, or "Deepavamsa", i. The chronicle is believe to be compiled from Atthakatha and other sources around the 3rd or 4th century. King Dhatusena 4th century CE had ordered that the Dipavamsa be recited at the Mahinda festival held annually in Anuradhapura. Uttar-Priyadarshi The Final Beatitude a verse-play written by poet Agyeya, depicting his redemption, was adapted to stage in by theatre director, Ratan Thiyam and has since been performed in many parts of the world.

Asoka is a epic Bollywood historical drama.

The movie will be directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi. In , Amar Chitra Katha released a graphic novel based on the life of Ashoka. It is based on the life of Ashoka. Terms of Use Privacy Related Papers. One of the earliest representations of Ashoka, about years after his death at one of the gates of Sanchi Stupa, shows Ashoka fainting when visiting the Bodhi tree and being held by his queens.

In this sculpture, Emperor Ashoka is shown as a man of short height, large head and a paunchy abdomen. In this paper, it is speculated that Emperor Ashoka was probably suffering from von Recklinghausen disease Neurofibromatosis Type 1 , which could explain his skin condition, episodes of loss of consciousness probably epilepsy and other bodily deformities. Emperor Ashoka is generally regarded as one of the greatest rulers of India who ruled about some years ago.


His empire covered most of the countries except perhaps the Southern tip of India and also extended to what is now Pakistan and Afghanistan. Surprisingly most of what we currently know in the history about this great emperor has been put together relatively recently, during the last years or so after the arrival of East India Company.

It also started a research journal, which recorded important findings of various historical sites, pillars, writings on Rocks, coins found in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, etc. It is a fascinating story how step by step various people collected information about Mauryan dynasty kings, Chandragupta, Bindusara, Ashoka and their successors. Most important source is of course, various writings Edicts engraved on Rocks and some stone pillars found in different parts of India and Pakistan at places as far as apart as Bihar, Odisha, Gujarat, Karnataka, North West Frontier Province in Pakistan and even in Afghanistan.

Apart from these Rock and Pillar Edicts, there are two other main written sources about Ashoka's life, one from Sri Lanka and one from Nepal-both Buddhist texts. This book contains detailed reference of King Ashoka, how he sent his son Mahinda and daughter Sanghamitta to propagate Buddhism in Sri Lanka, how he completely changed after battle of Kalinga and turned to Buddhism etc. The second source is the book Divyavadna, which is Mahayana or Northern Buddhist tradition.

It is written in Sanskrit, — which was the language of elites. Both these versions, Northern and Southern Buddhist accounts tell the story of King Ashoka with of course, significant differences as per religious traditions of North Mahayana and South Theravada.

Both groups of writings point out how Ashoka was a ruthless ruler before he turned Buddhist. He is known to have killed almost all his hundred or so step brothers who could have been possible claimants to his throne. By his order, terrible tortures were inflicted on prisoners in his jail in Patliputra. Earlier in life he was often referred to as Chanda Ashoka or Ashoka — the Ferocious.

From the Volga to Japan his name is still honored. There are further references to his skin condition in Northern Buddhist. Ashoka playfully put some dust or dirt in his begging bowl. As a punishment for this act Karma in the next life when he became a king, he had skin that had the texture like pebbles or dust which he gave to Lord Buddha.

Then there is reference in Legend of Ashoka, how the earlier wrathful or Chanda Ashoka ordered burning alive all his queens when he learnt that they disliked caressing his skin! The second very clear medical condition, which is described, are the episodes of fainting or unconsciousness at various time in his life.

For example, when on pilgrimage to various Buddhist places, at Kushinagra, Ashoka is so much overcome with emotions that he fainted and had to be revived by attendants.

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Similar episode happened when he visited the Bodhi tree at Bodhgaya, where, he again fainted. This scene is depicted in one of the gates of Sanchi Stupa where Ashoka is shown fainting and being held by his queens Photograph in Charles Allen's book page A large worm was found in the belly of that man.

After trying various remedies, the queen succeeded in killing the worm by onion juice. The onion was generally considered as unclean vegetable in religious belief, but the queen gave onion treatment to king Ashoka and he was cured by that.


It is also worth noting how the images of Ashoka have undergone changes in Indian sculpture.Ashoka had many wives and children, but many of their names are lost to time. He organised a network of missionaries to preach the doctrine, both in his kingdom and beyond. The chronicle is believe to be compiled from Atthakatha and other sources around the 3rd or 4th century.

According to Divyavandana, Bindusara wanted his son Sushim to succeed him but Ashoka was supported by his father's ministers, who found Sushim to be arrogant and disrespectful towards them. Uttar-Priyadarshi The Final Beatitude a verse-play written by poet Agyeya, depicting his redemption, was adapted to stage in by theatre director, Ratan Thiyam and has since been performed in many parts of the world.

It has a four-lion capital four lions standing back to back , which was adopted as the emblem of the modern Indian republic. Romila Thappar writes, "His dhamma did not derive from divine inspiration, even if its observance promised heaven.