Ashoka’s Birth Anniversary 2019 History & Facts: Ashoka was an Indian emperor of the Maurya Dynasty who is also known as Ashoka the Great. Ashoka ruled nearly all of the Indian subcontinent from c. 268 to 232 BCE. The grandchild of the originator of the Maurya Dynasty, Chandragupta Maurya, Ashoka upheld the spread of Buddhism.
Ashoka is considered to be one of India’s greatest emperors, as he stretched out Chandragupta’s realm to reign over an empire extending from current Afghanistan in the west to Bangladesh in the east.
When is Ashoka’s Birth Anniversary?
Ashoka’s Birth Anniversary is a regional public holiday which is observed and celebrated in Bihar, India. The official date for the holiday is April 14th, but it can also be moved to different days.
The day honours the birth date of a well-known Indian emperor of the Maurya Dynasty and the day is celebrated every year on April 14, which can be differed at times.
April 14th happen together with the birthday of Dr Ambedkar and Tamil New Year, which means this day is typically already a public holiday in Bihar and many other parts of India.
Interesting Samrat Ashoka Facts:
- Samrat Ashoka hailed from the prehistoric Maurya Dynasty of Indian Subcontinent. Historians consider him as one of the most impeccable emperors to have ever run a kingdom.
- He was considered to be the third Mauryan Emperor who was born in 304 BCE. Ashoka come to be an emperor in 273 BCE. On the other hand, his actual coronation took place in 269 BCE for the reason of succession arguments that plagued the Mauryan Empire after the death of his father, King Bindusara.
- From the beginning of his childhood, Ashoka turned out to be a bright child. He speedily outshined in weapons and studies alike and rapidly matured into a warrior general. The Mauryan army liked Ashoka and valued to work for his command.
- Samrat Ashoka’s succession to throne is also has a very remarkable history. As we have already mentioned that he was born in 304 BCE in Patuliputra. He was son of King Bindusara and his mother was Subhadrangi, who was well known as Dharma.
- He lead over Indian Subcontinent up till 232 BCE. He battled only one war as Emperor and after that he stopped war from his kingdom and run a non-violent peaceful life, preaching Buddhism. It was for the duration of his post-war rule that he received the name, Ashoka the Great.
- On the other hand, previous to getting this title, he was known as Chanda Ashoka (Cruel Ashoka). The only war he battled as the Emperor “the Kalinga War” which is known as one of the bloodiest wars in prehistoric India.
- His inspiration infuses numerous aspects of Indian life. For example, the Emblem of India is an edition of the Ashoka Lion Capital that is now conserved in Sarnath Museum in Uttar Pradesh.
- The Ashoka Chakra (Ashoka Wheel), a 24-spoke wheel on its base, features in the centre of the national flag of India.
- The highest peacetime gallantry award is given to the members of the Indian Armed Forces which is known as the Ashoka Chakra.