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Srinivaspuri, Near Kalkaji temple, Close to Bahapur village, New Delhi, India
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12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

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Ashokan Rock Edict is the original rock edict of the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka of Magadha. It contains details about the emperor's reforms and principles which exhorts people to follow the Buddhist way of life.This prominent Indian epigraphy was brought into existence in March 26, 1966 by archelogists of India when a building contractor operating at the site for building a residential colony discovered it. It is inscribed on a rock surface with number of irregular lines not clearly readable.

The edict translated into English reads: "It is two and half years since I became a Buddhist layman. At first no great exertion was made by me but in the last year I have drawn closer to the Buddhist order and exerted myself zealously and drawn in others to mingle with the gods. This goal is not one restricted only to let the people great to exert themselves and to the great but even a humble man who exerts himself can reach heaven. This proclamation is made for the following purpose: to encourage the humble and the great to exert themselves and to let the people who live beyond the borders of the kingdom know about it. Exertion in the cause must endure forever and it will spread further among the people so that it increases one-and-half fold."

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