Ashoka the Emperor Who Gave Up War: Ashoka one of the greatest emperors of India the Mauryan Empire reached its height during King Ashoka’s reign ashoka the greatest and most famous of all Mauryan emperors was the son of Bindusara and the grandson of Chandragupta Maurya before becoming a king he expanded the mauryan empire by engaging in numerous Wars and battles eight years after becoming an emperor.
Ashoka The Great
Ashoka set his eyes on Kalinga the modern day coastal Arisa soon a bloody war was fought to conquer Kalinga by the time the war ended more than 1 lakh people had perished and about a lakh and a half people were taken prisoners despite his success he was devastated by the violence and brutality of war after seeing the destruction he converted to Buddhism and started teaching Buddhist values like respect for each other and tolerance to his people
However as a practical ruler he did not allow slavery and death penalty for heinous crimes he appointed several officers as Dharma Mohammed does who traveled places preaching Dharma to build an empire whose people are united in their knowledge of dharma and its values he put up edits throughout his empire these edicts urged the citizens to act morally and to take responsibility for their actions to spread the message edicts and inscriptions were scattered all over the empire walls rocks pillars and caves with messages were located at places where a lot of people who were expected to come ashoka then appointed officers to read the message to the people and thus help Buddhism reached new heights
Ashoka sent his messengers including son Mahendra and daughter Sanghamitra to other lands such as Syria Egypt Greece and Sri Lanka to preach Dharma Ashoka ruled for almost forty years after the Kalinga war the land never saw any war fifty years after his death the mauryan empire came to an end Ashoka passed away about 2,000 years ago but he left behind his Empire of truthfulness Dharma non-violence compassion and love of subjects.
Ashoka: The Unique Ruler
- Ashoka was the son of Bindusara and the grandson of Chandragupta Maurya
- he was a fierce warrior and an able administrator nearly eight years after becoming the Emperor of the mauryan empire
- he fought his first war as a king and conquered the kingdom of Kalinga the war left him heartbroken and ashamed of his actions he converted to Buddhism and spread Dharma far and wide by putting up edicts and appointing dharma muhammad does under him people led a peaceful life of tolerance and economic progress making the Mauryan Empire one of the strongest of its time