Asoka asoka - Asoka the Great - King Asoka, Biography of Emperor Ashoka.

* Readers of Full Stop India’s Hinduism 101 may recall the chakra as a recognizable symbol of the Hindu god Vishnu . The disc like weapon known as a general symbol for protection is almost always depicted in images of Vishnu, the God of Preservation.

While it doesn't quite stack up with the best of recent Indian imports ... this handsome historical epic does have a lot to recommend it.

Whenever the emblem is used by state governments or any other government body, the words Satyameva Jayate in Devanagari script (सत्यमेव जयते) has to be used right under the emblem as per the statute, State Emblem of India (Prohibition of Improper Use) Act, 2005. [12]

Thus speaks the Beloved of the Gods, the king Piyadassi. In the past the quick dispatch of business and the receipt of reports did not take place at all times. But 1 have now arranged it thus. At all times, whether I am eating, or am in the women's apartments, or in my inner apartments, or at the cattle-shed, or in my carriage, or in my gardens - wherever I may be, my informants should keep me in touch with public business. Thus everywhere I transact public business. And whatever I may order by word of mouth, whether it concerns a donation or a proclamation or whatever urgent matter is entrusted to my officers, if there is any dispute or deliberation about it in the Council, it is to be reported to me immediately, at all places and at all times.

His kingdom was divided into Pradesha or provinces which were subdivided into Vishyas or subdivisions and Janapadas, which were further subdivided into five chief provinces under Ashoka’s reign were the Uttarapatha(Northern Province) with its capital at Taxila; Avantiratha (western province) with its headquarters at Ujjain; Prachyapatha (eastern province) with its centre at Toshali and the Dakshinapatha (southern province) with its capital as Suvarnagiri. The central province, Magadha with its capital at Pataliputra was the administrative centre of the empire.  Each province was granted partial autonomy at the hand of a crown prince who was responsible for controlling the overall law enforcement, but the emperor himself retained much of the financial and administrative controls. These provincial heads were altered from time to time to prevent any one of them exerting power over a long period of time. He appointed several Pativedakas or reporters, who would report to him the general and public affairs, leading the king to take necessary steps.

History shows that during the time of the Buddha, the Kings Bimbisara, Suddhodana, and Prasenajita received great benefit from their practice of the Dhamma, and ...

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