inscription that the pillar was still at Kausambi during the Gupta period.
Probably Jahangir was responsible for its removal to the fort at AllahabAD,
which he did in imitation of Firuz Shah, who had brought similar pillars from
Topra and Meerut to Delhi.
Bahapur Located near Delhi, it is the site of Minor Rock Edict I.
Bairat (Minor Rock Edict I and the Bhabra Edict): Bairat is located in
Rajashtan, forty two miles northeast of Jaipur. It has been identified with
Virata the capital of the Matsya state. The presence of the Bhabra Edict
addressed specifically to the Sangha is explained by the fact that the remains
of two monasteries have been discovered.
Barabar Hill Caves (Donatory inscriptions to the Ajivika sect): The
inscriptions in these caves are donatory, and therefore their significance does
not rest in the particular importance of their site. The caves were in a group of
hiIls girdling the city of Rajagriha.
Brahmagiri (Minor Rock Edicts I and II): Excavations have revealed
evidence pointing to Brahmagiri having been an important centre in south
India even well before the Mauryan period.
Delhi-Meerut and Delhi-Topra (Pillar Edicts I-VI and I-VII respectively):
The Delhi-Meerut and the DelhiTopra pillars are so called because they were
transported to Delhi by Firoz Shah from their original sites at Meerut and
Dhauli (Major Rock Edicts) The Dhauli inscription has been cut high on a
rock. The site has been identified with Tosali which is mentioned by Ptolemy
as a metropolis.
Gavimath (Minor Rock Edict 1) Gavimath is situated in modern
Girnar (Major Rock Edicts) It is situated one mile to the east of Junagarh
in Kathiawar. A number of major inscriptions are found here, including, apart
from those of Asoka, those of Rudradaman and Skandagupta. Its importance
was increased by the fact that during the reign of Chandragupta a dam was
constructed on the Sudarsana lake in the neighbourhood of Gimar. The
Rudradaman inscription informs us that the” lake was originally built by
Pushyagupta, the provincial