Ashokan Inscriptions (Rock Edicts)

Ashokan Inscriptions (Rock Edicts)

BRIEF HISTORY:The two minor rock edicts of Asoka are found engraved on two different granite boulders situated quite far from each other. One of the edicts is fairly well preserved and the other is highly damaged due to freak fire accident even before it was protected by the Survey. However, a few faint letters are available in patches. The edict found at Udegolam mentions the name of king Asoka in addition to his usual title ‘Devanam Priya’ in the beginning. Interestingly, the edict uses a punctuation mark in the form of a danda at the end of a sentence. Edict No. 1 has seven lines. The script is Asokan Brahmi of third century B.C. and the language is Prakit.