18 Images of ah-show-Ka the Indian king in ancient times

Monumented Buddha’s jounery, persvering sites through india, and nepal. 

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  1. Lion Capital

The original Lion Capital. Minus the inverted bell-shaped lotus flower, this has been adopted as the National Emblem of India, seen from another angle, showing the horse on the left and the bull on the right of the Ashoka Chakra in the circular base on which the four Indian lions are standing back to back. On the side shown here, there are the bull and elephant; a lion occupies the other place. The wheel “Ashoka Chakra” from its base has been placed onto the center of the National Flag of India.
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2.  Young Portrait of Ashoka


Compared to his siblings, Ashoka was considered ugly, and when young he resented their comparable popularity. On the death of his father, there was a power struggle for the throne. Stories from the time, suggest Ashoka killed his siblings and the legitimate heir to the throne in his remorseless quest for power. He was crowned king in 269 BCE, four years after his succession to power, suggesting a prolonged power struggle.

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3. Ashoka’s wife

c. 1910 painting by Abanindranath Tagore (1871–1951) depicting Ashoka’s queen standing in front of the railings of the Buddhist monument at Sanchi (Raisen districtMadhya Pradesh).
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4. Original Temple of Asoka

Illustration of the original temple built by Asoka at Bodh-Gaya on the location of the Mahabodhi Temple, a sculpture of the Satavahana period at Sanchi, 1st century CE.
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5.  Pillar of Ashoka

The Ashokan pillar at LumbiniNepal, Buddha’s birthplace

6. Ashoka and the 16-spoked wheel

As per the study, .[1]When Gautama Buddha achieved enlightenment at Bodh Gaya, he came to Sarnath, on the outskirts of Varanasi. There, he found his five disciples AssajiMahānāmaKondaññaBhaddiya and Vappa, who had earlier abandoned him. He introduced his first teachings to them, thereby establishing the dharmachakra. This is the motif taken up by Ashoka and portrayed on top of his pillars.

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7. Land Conquered

Territories “conquered by the Dharma” according to Major Rock Edict No.13 of Ashoka (260–218 BCE).[79][80]

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8. The third Buddist Council

Ashoka and Monk Moggaliputta-Tissa at the Third Buddhist Council. Nava Jetavana, Shravasti.

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9. King Ashoka visiting Ramagrama

According to Buddhist legend, particularly the Mahaparinirvana, the relics of the Buddha had been shared among eight countries following his death.[66] Ashoka endeavored to take back the relics and share them among 84,000 stupas. This story is amply depicted in the reliefs of Sanchi and Bharhut.[67] According to the legend, Ashoka obtained the ashes from seven of the countries but failed to take the ashes from the Nagas at Ramagrama. This scene is depicted on the transverse portion of the southern gateway at Sanchi.

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10. Ashoka with his queens

From the various sources that speak of his life, Ashoka is believed to have had five wives. They were named Devi (or Vedisa-Mahadevi-Shakyakumari), the second queen, KaruvakiAsandhimitra (designated agramahisī or “chief queen”), Padmavati, and Tishyarakshita.[33] He is similarly believed to have had four sons and two daughters: a son by Devi named Mahendra (PaliMahinda), Tivara (son of Karuvaki), Kunala (son of Padmavati, and Jalauka (mentioned in the Kashmir Chronicle), a daughter of Devi named Sanghamitra (PaliSanghamitta), and another daughter named Charumati.[33]

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11. Ashoka with his two queens

Ashoka and his two queens, in relief at Sanchi. The identification with Ashoka is confirmed by the similar relief from Kanaganahalli inscribed “Raya Asoka”.[64][2]
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12. Protection of all living beings


Ashoka proclaims his faith, 10 years after the violent beginning of his reign, and affirms that living beings, human or animal, cannot be killed in his realm. In the Hellenistic part of the Edict, he translates the Dharma he advocates by “Piety” εὐσέβειαEusebeia, in Greek. The usage of Aramaic reflects the fact that Aramaic (the so-called Official Aramaic) had been the official language of the Achaemenid Empire which had ruled in those parts until the conquests of Alexander the Great. The Aramaic is not purely Aramaic but seems to incorporate some elements of Iranian.[9] According to D.D.Kosambi, the Aramaic is not an exact translation of the Greek, and it seems rather that both were translated separately from an original text in Magadhi, the common official language of India at the time, used on all the other Edicts of Ashoka in Indian language, even in such linguistically distinct areas as Kalinga.[8] It is written in Aramaic alphabet.


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13. Victory record of Asoka against the greeks

The Major Rock Edict No.13 of Ashoka, mentions the Greek kings AntiochusPtolemyAntigonusMagasand Alexander by name, as recipients of his teachings.
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 14. Diamond Throne

There remains however the Diamond throne, which he had established at the foot of the Bodhi tree.[10] The Diamond Throne, or Vajrasana, is thought to have been built by Emperor Ashoka of the Maurya Empire between 250-233 BCE,.[11] at the location where the Buddha reached enlightenment.[12] It is worshiped today and is the center of many festivities at the Mahabodhi Temple.

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15. Adult Painting of Ashoka

King Ashoka

Ashoka, the famous Mauryan emperor, ruled a major part of the Indian sub-continent in the third century before the Common Era. His conquests were only rivaled much later by those of the imperial Mughals and the British Indian Empire. However, the nature of his rule, as reflected in the orders issued by him, surviving as Ashoka’s Edicts all over India, paint him as an unusually humane ruler who strived for peace and equality amongst his subjects.

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16. portrait of Ashoka

There are only two kings in India which usually titled as The Great ! The Great Ashoka ( 304 B.C to 232 B.C) The Great Akbar   (1542 A.Dto 1605 A.D) Both the emperors are separated by  1700  years of the time difference but still, there are many interesting similarities between them:-

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17. Palace of Ashoka

Sanchi is the small village located in Bhopal in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. The palace is filled with several great Buddhist monuments. It was actually built by the great Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd Century BC. The palace is sacred to the Buddhist from all over the world. The place is attracting tourist from each and every corner of the world. Famous Monuments in India are worth to visit.

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18. Ashoka Wedding

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Ashoka set a very high ideal for himself, and this was the ideal of paternal kingship. He repeatedly asked his officials to tell his subjects that the king looked upon them as his children. As agents of the king, the officials were also asked to take care of the people. Ashoka appointed dhammamahamatras to propagate dharma among various social groups, including women and appointed rajukas for the administration of justice in his empire.

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