Ashoka was the most powerful ruler of the Indian subcontinent. He ruled over the large part of India, South Asia and beyond stretching from present day Afghanistan, parts of Persia in the west to Bengal and Assam in east and Mysore in south. He also conquered Kalinga. His time is considered to be the most prosperous time in the history of India. After the bloody war of Kalinga he became the lay discipline of Buddhism and played major role for spreading Buddhism in India and throughout Asia. He converted the minor sect of India to a World religion. Read More
Jainism is based on the teachings of Mahavira. According to the Jain text Jainism has always existed and will always exist. Mahavira was the 24th tirthankara of Jainism. Jainism principally aims at the attainment of freedom from worldly bonds. No ritual is necessary for such liberation. It can be obtained through right knowledge, right faith and right action. Jainism prohibited the practice of war and even agriculture for his followers because both involve the killing of living beings. Eventually followers of Jainism confined themselves to trade and commerce.