Ashokan Rock Edicts (Junagadh) Location : Junagadh, Gujarat.
Built By : Ashoka.
Contains : 14 Edicts
Issued By : Ashoka.
Ashoka's edicts, issued after his switch to Buddhism, were designed to bring about large-scale recognition of Buddhism. In pillar edict 6, he had mentioned that he started issuing these edicts 12 years after his coronation. Fourteen such edicts have been found near the edge of the Sudarshan Lake, about half a mile to the east of Junagadh. The inscriptions on these edicts are in the Prakrit dialect. The script used for these edicts used to vary with the need of the region, but was largely Brahmi or Kharoshthi. The Junagadh rocks cover all the 14 edicts that Ashoka had issued. They are in a western dialect, with many Magadhi words resembling Pali.