Siddapur Located in Karnataka, it is the site of Minor Rock Edicts I and II.
Sohgaura (Copper Plate Inscription of the Mauryan period): Sohgaura is
located in the Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh.
Sopara (Major rock edict, Fragment of the eight Edict): Sopara situated in
the Thane district of Mumbai is the site of an ancient seaport and town, its
ancient name was Supparaka.
Udegolam Located in Karnataka, it is the site of Minor Rock Edicts I and
Yerragudi (Major rock edicts and minor rock edict I and II): Yerragudi is
situated eight miles from Gooty on the southern border of the Kurnool
district, and is eighty miles north-east of Siddapur.
Purpose and Context of Dhamma
The creation and integration of the empire for nearly one hundred thirty seven
years were accomplished by aggressive designs and a firm administrative
system further strengthened by Asoka’s ideology of Dhamma. The Greek and
Aramaic records have thrown significant light on this aspect. Asoka’s
leanings to Buddhism is well recorded in his Prakrit edicts, which often led
scholars to label Asoka’s Dhamma as Buddhism and Asoka as a Buddhist
king. This simplistic correlation has to be set aside, as in the Greek edicts, the
term Dhamma is translated as Eu’sebeia or Doctrine of Peity (edict from
Shar-i-Kuna). The same term is translated into Aramaic as Qsyt (Truth) and
Data (Law) respectively in the Shar-i-Kuna and the Taxila Pillar edicts. That
Asoka proclaimed Dhamma when ten years since his consecration were
completed, is explicitly stated in these documents. Asoka’s Dhamma cannot
therefore be equated with Buddhism or with any sectarianism. Historians
now, more or less agree that Dhamma highlighted a broad social and ethical
code of conduct, acceptable to – and cutting across the socio-economic,
political and cultural differences among – diverse communities in the vast
Maurya realm. Dhamma thus