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