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Ashokan Rock Edict

Location: Raja Dhirshain Marg, near Srinivaspuri locality

Time to Visit: Open on all days

Preferred Timings: sunrise to sunset

Famous as: Radha-Krishna temple Hare Krishna Temple

Admission Fee: Free and open to all

How to Reach: Tourists can either take local buses from various points within the city to reach the Edicts or they can hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or take the metro rail.

Nearest Railway Station: Nizamuddin Railway Station

Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat

Functional Metro Station: Central Secretariat

Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport

Time required for sightseeing: About 30 minutes

(All data as of October 2005)

On the main Raja Dhirshain Marg, near the Srinivaspuri locality is the famous engraved tilted rock-face of the Ashokan period, popularly known as Ashokan Rock Edict. Discovered in 1966, the centuries old rock-edict is testimony to the fact that Delhi was an important area even in the time of the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka (273-232 BC). Apart from being a major town, Delhi was also an important junction on the commercial route connecting the major provincial capitals and towns in North India.

The epigraph of the rock-edict consists of ten-lines in the Brahmi script and Prakrit language. Though the writing has worn out but according to the historians it is one of the versions of the emperor's Minor Rock Edicts. It states Ashoka's appeal to his subjects to live a pious life of righteousness, irrespective of their status and position, in order to attain enlightenment. The edict informs the reader that due to the constant efforts of the emperor and his strong belief in dhamma (righteousness), the people of his kingdom (Jhambudvipa) has come closer to the gods.

Nearby Tourist Attractions

ISKCON temple, Moth-ki-Masjid, Kalkaji Temple, Khirki Masjid, Nizamuddin's Shrine and Chirag Dehlvi's Dargah

Nearby Places to Eat

The famous Govinda Restaurant of Iskcon temple is just too good for Satvik meals (without garlic and onions), Hotel Park Royal, Karim's, Supper Factory and Salims in Kailash Colony Market, Mc Donald's and sophisticated eating joints in Greater Kailash-1's market, many good food joints in Nehru place including the likes of Nathu's, Domino's Pizza, many good restaurants in Kalkaji Market and C. R. Park markets.

Nearby Shopping Venues

Nehru Place (electronic items), East of Kailash Market (for all necessary items), Kalkaji Market and C R Park Market (residential markets), Greater Kailash-1 Market (all types of consumer goods, especially garments).

Last Updated On: 2011/07/01