Ashoka (273 B.C. - 232 B.C)
Ashoka was the most famous ruler of the Mauryan dynasty,. He was also the first National ruler, He Commanded universal respect and regard. He started his career as a great Conquer.
The Kalinga War (261 B.C.)
Asoka’s extended from
Kashmir in the North to Godavari Krishna basin in the South. Kalinga (modern
Orissa) was not included in his kingdom. So he wanted to conquer Kalinga
for Security and economic Prosperity He invaded Kalinga in 261 B.C. The
Kalinga king resisted Asokas Army, but was defeated. Thousand of people
were killed and several thousand were severely wounded in the war. When
Asoka saw the misery and bloodshed caused by the war he was shocked He
vowed not to wage any more war in future. This war was a turning point
in his life. He was attracted by the teachings of Buddha He gave up war
and followed the policy of non-violence.
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