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Asoka Priyadarsin
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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 YOUTH

Asoka, the illustrious son of our sacred Bharat, hailed from the imperial Maurya dynasty that ruled Magadha, for about a century and a half. He was born to Subhadrangi, one of the sixteen queens of Bindusara, surnamed 'the Slayer of Foes'. He was baptised as 'Asoka Vardhana', but was called Asoka, for short. Subhadrangi bore another son named Vitasoka, who was different from Asoka in every respect, but was great in his own way. Legends credit him with having atleast 99 brothers, born to the rest of the fifteen queens. Chief among them was one called Sumana. He was the eldest, and hence the legal heir to the throne. He figures prominently in the war of succession following his father's death, but came to no success. 

Nothing extraordinary attended the birth of Asoka, nor were there signs portending the superman in him. His birth and boyhood were quite common as that of any royal prince. As a matter of fact, he was just like any other prince of his day, gaily participating in sports and bouts, and enjoying all the comforts of court life without any reservation, whatsoever. He never missed any gay company, or festive assembly, spiced with drinking and dancing, nor did he neglect the learning of skills in swordsman ship and horseman ship, the real marks of a growing Kshatriya prince of the Aryavartha fame. He ate sumptuously and played jubilantly. Merry-making and jolly-outings marked his boyhood. He was tempestuous and boisterous. His pluck and dash were ardently desired and earnestly emulated by the youth of his time; for, he was like no one else.

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