long deliberation and due consideration Asoka decided that the
commandments of Buddha, incidentally his own, should be carved on
solid, hard rocks. His decision is wise and praise-worthy, for, the
rocks have certain definite advantages over other available media.
They are imperishable by nature, abundant in supply, and conspicuous
by their imposing sizes. Neither the Nature's fury could destroy
them, nor man's
insanity erase them totally. The medium was well chosen and
came the question of distribution of these inscriptions. Much
thought and labour went into the installation of these edicts.
Places of importance - historical, or spiritual, geographical, or
political that could attract people in large numbers, periodically
and constantly were cleverly selected for planting rocks etc.,
bearing the message of the Lord.