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The most significant of these are the Ashoka Pillars that contain the image of the Lion Capital of Ashoka, which is now regarded as India’s national emblem, and the Ashoka Chakras, inscribed on many of his stone inscriptions.

Our knowledge about the history of his reign is based on inscriptions engraved on rocks and pillars, many of which still can be seen today.

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However, these inscriptions do not provide much information about his early life.

For this we have to depend solely on Buddhist texts like the Divyavadana and Ceylonese chronicles like Avadana, Dipavamsa and Mahavamsa to obtain the information regarding his early life.

The Empire is said to have extended from the east to the west and can be explained by the fact that it stretched from the eastern sea in Bengal to the western sea in Saurashtra.

Like his father, Emperor Bindusara Maurya also maintained good diplomatic relations with the Greek rulers and his step grandfather Selecus Nicator, a former general of Alexander the Great.

The legend says that through palace intrigue she was initially kept away from Emperor Bindusara.

However, she eventually gained access to him and was able to bear him a son.

It is from her exclamation “I am now without sorrow” that Ashoka got his name which means “painless, without sorrow” in the ancient Sanskrit language. 320 – 273 BCE), was the son of Emperor Chandragupta Maurya and one of his wives, Durdhara. When she was pregnant, she ate with her husband, the emperor.

Durdhara was not informed that the food eaten by Emperor Chandragupta always had a controlled amount of poison to build up his immunity towards being poisoned.

The name of his eldest son is said to have been Susima and the name of the youngest son was Tishya.

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