The emperor Ashoka's Rock Edict was discovered in 1966,
engraved on a rock overlooking the Yamuna
near Srinivaspuri, 11-km southeast of Connaught Circus, not far from
A ten-line inscription in the ancient Brahmi script, one of many such placed at important sites and crossroads throughout Ashoka's vast empire. The inscription proves that Delhi was occupied during the Mauryan period, prior to both Muslim and Rajput settlement.
It states that the emperor's actions in the cause of dharma had brought the people of India closer to the gods; and that through their efforts, irrespective of their station, this attainment could be increased even further.
About Askokan Eddicts
Asoka's edicts are mainly concerned with the reforms he instituted and the moral principles he recommended in his attempt to create a just and kind society. As such, they give us little information about his life, the details of which have to be collected from other sources.
Scholars have implied that because the edicts say nothing about the philosophical aspects of Buddhism, Ashoka had a simplistic and naive understanding of the Dharma. Yet, this view does not take this fact into account that the purpose of the edicts was not to explain the truths of Buddhism, but to inform the people of Ashoka's reforms and to encourage them to be more generous, kind and moral.
From his edicts Ashoka emerges as an able administrator, an intelligent human being and a devoted Buddhist, who used to take as keen an interest in Buddhist philosophy as he did in Buddhist practice.