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Showing posts with label Mauryan empire. Show all posts

Hinduism - What Are The Rock Edicts Of Ancient India?


The Mauryan emperor Ashoka (r. 269–32 B.C.E.) commissioned a collection of inscriptions.

The inscriptions included formal royal policy statements as well as advice and instructions to his subjects on a number of subjects, including religious tolerance.

In general, the rock edicts were carved into massive boulders or rock faces near the Mauryan Empire's frontiers, thereby symbolically marking the empire's bounds.

Even though various instances of these edicts were located in widely distant regions, the language remained largely consistent across the empire.

The pillar edicts, the second main type of Ashokan inscriptions, were engraved on polished Chunar sandstone pillars and placed along the empire's important highways, where they would have been visible to pedestrians.


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Hinduism - Who Were The Maurya Dynasty Of India?

 

The Maurya Dynasty is a family dynasty in India and the first of India's major empires.

Except for the far south, the Maurya dynasty reigned over much of the Indian subcontinent during its peak.

Chandragupta Maurya created the dynasty in the fourth century B.C.E., but it achieved its pinnacle under his grandson Ashoka, who ruled from 269 to 232 B.C.E.

The kingdom was headquartered on the lower Ganges basin, with Pataliputra as its capital, close to the current city of Patna in Bihar.

The Mauryan empire was the first centralized Indian empire to be documented historically, and it was run and maintained by a huge governmental bureaucracy.

The empire was short-lived, despite its size and structure.

After Ashoka's death, it started to deteriorate; fifty years later, it was all but vanished.


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