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List of edicts of Ashoka

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List of edicts of Ashoka

The edicts of Ashoka are the first physical evidence of the Buddhism and how it was spread during his region. These edicts were deciphered by the British archaeologist and historian James Prinsep.

The edicts are divided into:

  1. Pillar Edicts (total 7)
  2. Major Rock Edicts(total 14) and 2 separate ones found in Odisha(Kalinga)
  3. Minor Rock Edicts, the queen’s Edict, Barabar Caves inscriptions and the Kandahar bilingual inscription

Edicts of Ashoka

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Edicts of Ashoka

The edicts of Ashoka are the first tangible evidence to prove Ashoka’s existence. In 1837 British archaeologist and historian James Prinsep succeeded in deciphering an ancient inscription on a large stone pillar in Delhi. After deciphering many other pillar and rocks with the same inscriptions, it was proved that they were issued by a king calling himself “Beloved-of-the-Gods, King Piyadasi”. In 1915, the another edict actually mentioning name Ashoka was discovered that the identification was confirmed.

Kalinga Edicts By Ashoka

Below are the translation of original Kalinga edicts of Ashoka.

Kalinga Edict – I

Beloved-of-the-Gods says that the Mahamatras of Tosali who are judicial officers in the city are to be told this: I wish to see that everything I consider to be proper is carried out in the right way. And I consider instructing you to be the best way of accomplishing this. I have placed you over many thousands of people that you may win the people’s affection.