ASOKA

ASOKA
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ASOKA. Asoka was a great king of India. He was the grandson of Chandragupta.

Asoka was a great king of India. He was the grandson of Chandragupta. He, too, was a great warrior. He was also a learned man.

Asoka ruled the country from the same capital as his grandfather did Pataliputra.Once Asoka invaded Kalinga, a near-by state, with his army.
In the battle, he saw thousands of soldiers being killed, their blood flowed like a river. This sight moved his heart. He immediately stopped all wars. He vowed never to make war, because war killed people.
He read the Buddha’s teachings. He became a Buddhist monk. He preached ahimsa and dharma all over the country. He cut this message into rocks.
He sent messengers to other countries to preach ahimsa and dharma. Asoka was also a lover of art and sculpture. He built many Buddhist temples. Our national flag contains his Dharmachakra.
He was one of the great kings of the world. Even today he is called Asoka, the great.
(From Culture Course-BVB)
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