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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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ASOKA AS A MONARCH

Accordingly, people enjoyed a stable government and a benign rule. Peace and prosperity made India their permanent abode. As a corollary, arts flourished and crafts thrived; industry developed and commerce ventured across the seas and won glorious links with other cultures. Revolt, or its mother discontent never dared to step out of its dark dungeons. Might be, they were suffocated to death there itself.

For, Asoka was a dictator. He was so, with a difference. He was a benevolent dictator. He fully realised the truth of the dictum that the peace and prosperity of the King lies in the peace and prosperity of the people. He strove for them and acted accordingly. And promptly too.

He sought peace and fought for it outright. With the able guidance of his council of ministers, he succeeded in ushering in Rama Rajya in his kingdom.

Delighted at the prospect of peaceful reign, and elated by the contentment of his people, he turned his head to survey the extent of his empire that fell to his good lot. He felt disappointed. Surely, sorely so. Despair overwhelmed him, for; Kalinga, a petty, pocket - sized independent state, lying between the great rivers Mahanadi and Godavari on the east coast of India appeared an eyesore to him. It was left unconquered.

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