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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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PROLOGUE

Asoka is a many splendoured diamond. Just as the diamond has many facets, Asoka too has many aspects in his glorious career. Each facet of the diamond dazzles and dispels darkness. Similarly, each aspect of Asoka radiates light and enlightens the reader. The brightness of each facet is distinct and complete in itself, so is the case with each aspect, which is unique in itself.

In as much as the brilliance of the diamond gets increased by sharpening, the intrinsic grandeur of Asoka rises higher by proper understanding. Neither time nor age can diminish the value of the diamond. Likewise, Asoka's reputation can never cease growing less, nor suffer any loss with the passage of time. As a matter of fact, his name and fame are spreading, as each historian takes him up for study, just as the value of the diamond increases, on proper estimation by an expert. 

For, Asoka is decidedly different from any ruler, known or unknown. He played many roles during his life time. There is something magical and special about him, when he plays the different roles he chose for himself. He surpassed one and all, in the past or present. He beautified whatever he touched, and sanctified whatever that he held dear to his heart. He lived in each part he played, and has left behind him a rare, radiant, precious legacy for the mankind to understand, and to follow.

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