Rise of the Empire
Prohibition of animal sacrifices and festive gatherings.
Measures of social welfare.
Respect to Brahmanas
Courtesy to relatives, elders, consideration for animals.
Relationship between servants and masters and proper treatment of prisoners.
Need for efficient organisation of administration.
Need for tolerance among all religious sects.
System of Dhamma-yatras
Attack of meaningless ceremonies and rituals.
Conquest through Dhamma instead of war.
The Later Mauryas
Extent of the Empire
Know The Important Facts
- After the conclusion of first Buddhist Council, Majjahautika went to Kashmir and Gandhara, Majjhima led the party to the Himalaya country, Mahadeva was deputed to Mahisamandala, Sona and Uttara to Suvarnabhumi (Burma), Mahadhar-marakshita and Maharakshita were sent to Maharashtra.
- The inclusion of Bengal in the Mauryan empire receives some confirmation from the Mahasthan (Bogra district) Pillar inscription, engraved in Brahmi characters of the Mauryan period.
- The Ashokan inscriptions and their Brahmi script were first deciphered by James Princep.
- The edicts discovered in 1915, which gave the name of its author as King Ashoka, Priyadarshi, is Maski Edict.
- Inscription of Ashoka discovered on the outskirts of Delhi in 1966 is Bahapur Inscription.
- The script, used in the two northern major rock edicts of Ashoka at Manshera and Shahbazgarhi, is Kharosthi.
- The Kandhar inscriptions were written in Greek and Aramaic script.
- Ashoka’s pillar inscriptions, which were shifted from the original sites to Delhi, were Meerut and Topara pillars.
- Dionysius was the envoy of the Egyptian king Ptolemy Philadelphos in the Mauryan court.
- Ujjain was the place where Ashoka stationed as Viceroy at the time of Bindusara’s death.
- In Bhabru Edict, Ashoka use the term “Priyadarsi king of Magadha”.