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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 TEETOTALLER

No instance can be cited with palpable evidence that Asoka deviated from the self-imposed austerity, or convictions, formed. On occasions he preferred severe suffering to any deviation from the well-defined tenet of Buddhism. He even hesitated eating onions as a medicine under dire necessity on health grounds.

Here is any illustration. Onions and garlics were the prohibited stuff to the civilised in those days; and were considered as dangerous aphrodisiacs. High caste people perceived in them a fanciful resemblance to meat. Almost all castes except chandalas expressed and developed prejudice against them. Moreover, they being pungent are capable of rousing passions dormant easily, they argued. Evidently they enkindle and nourish the lustful instincts and so make people emotional and sensational. Hence the taboo.

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