Tag Archives

2 Articles

Minor Rock Edicts of Ashoka

by EasyStudyAdmin 0 Comments

Below are the translation of original Edicts of Ashoka.

Minor Rock Edict – I

Gavimath, Karnataka version, issued in 257 B.C. This edict is found in twelve different places.

Beloved-of-the-Gods speaks thus: It is now more than two and a half years since I became a lay-disciple, but until now I have not been very zealous. But now that I have visited the Sangha for more than a year, I have become very zealous. Now the people in India who have not associated with the gods do so. This is the result of zeal and it is not just the great who can do this. Even the humble, if they are zealous, can attain heaven. And this proclamation has been made with this aim. Let both humble and great be zealous, let even those on the borders know and let zeal last long. Then this zeal will increase, it will greatly increase, it will increase up to one-and-a-half times. This message has been proclaimed two hundred and fifty-six times by the king while on tour.

List of edicts of Ashoka

by EasyStudyAdmin 0 Comments
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