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Asoka Priyadarsin
Index Author
Foreword  Opinion 
Preface  Prologue 
As A Youth  As A Monarch 
As A Warrior  As A Preacher 
As A Builder  As An Administror 
As A Father  As A Brother 
As A Teetotaller  As A Patron 
As A Pilgrim  Epilogue
Major Sections
Temples Of India
Lord Siva To Be Adored The Devalayas Of Karnataka
Palani Dhandhayudhapani The Kovils Of Kerala
The Temples of North-West India Temples For The Triple Sects
Mata Kanakadurga of Vijayawada The Legend Of Mata Kanyaka Parameswari
The Temples Of North-East India Mantralya Mahakshetra
The Aalayas of Andhra Pradesh The Mandirs Of Maharastra
Mighty Atoms For Tiny Tots Lord Siva Of Sri Kalahasthi
Bhagawan Vithoba Of Pandharpur Bizarre Beliefs And Odd Traditions
Asoka Priyadarsin The Mother Of Melmaruvathur And Her Miracles
Vishnu Mayam Jagat Sarvam Sakti Mayam
The Temples Of Tamilnadu Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol I

Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol II

Hullo Tirupathi !
Uthuthshta Govinda Cum Jo Jo Mukunda The Miracles Of Gods For The Debacles Of Humans
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Incidentally, these monuments bearing inscriptions enable us to read Asoka's mind. They furnish a wealth of details about his life and convictions. We hear his voice enunciating his doctrines in clear, precise, simple language, as the texts of his edicts are composed by himself personally. These sermons on rocks generally follow a common pattern in the manner of beginning the sermon and the way they end. The opening phrases of the inscriptions representing the full royal style run thus: "Thus saith his sacred and gracious Majesty, the King..." The ending indicating the Patron's name is more or less same in all inscriptions. All inscriptions and edicts refer to Asoka by his title and not by his name. They are "Davanam Priya", and "Piya dasi" which mean "dear to the Gods" and "of pleasing countenance" respectively. The word "Priyadarsin", i.e., 'of gracious mein' or "dear to sight" is only a title, which he appended to his name, in conformity with the fashion of his day.

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