Timings : 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Time Required : 1-2 hrs
Entry Fee : Indian Tourists: INR 5,
Foreign Tourists: INR 100
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Edict? You may be wondering what an edict is. An edict quite literally means an order or decree issued by an official authority. King Ashoka is one of the most revered figures in Indian history. After a lifetime of war and violent pursuits, he renounced his throne and took up the virtues of Buddhism in spirit. Mindfulness, meditation, kindness, and gratitude became his new mantra, along with the renunciation of greed and animal sacrifice. To spread this message of peace, he inscribed edicts across the region, from the coasts of India to Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. One such edict is at the foot of Girnar Hill in Junagadh, Gujarat.
Dating back to 250 BC, there are 14 Edicts of Ashoka inscribed in large granite stones at the Western end of India. The edicts are written in Brahmi script preaching the ideas of love, peace, and tolerance, and apply to persons of any faith, not just Buddhism. The scriptures were carved into stone by an iron pen, and enclose knowledge of significant historical importance. Today, the rock edicts are protected by a modern white building, guarding the age-old wisdom in its original form.
Ashoka's rock edicts are an off the beaten track tourist spot, which would be mainly of interest to history buffs. The edicts are a gem from the past, symbolic of ancient wisdom and virtues that form the foundation of India which makes it a must-visit for almost every Indian as well as any enthusiast who truly wishes to absorb the knowledge legacy of India.
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