Ashokan pillar at Lumbini, in southern Nepal

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(downloaded July 2009)





A closer look at the lower part of the pillar

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A look at the Brahmi inscription on the Lumbini pillar

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(downloaded July 2009)

"This inscription reads 'King Piyadasi (Ashoka), the beloved of Devas, in the 29th year of the coronation, made a visit to Lumbini and paid his homage. Realising the Buddha was born here, a stone railing was built and a stone pillar erected. Because the Lord was born here, the Emperor had the people of Lumbini village freed from some tax and entitled them to the eighth part only' (source - "Lumbini and other Buddhist sites in Nepal, Nepal Tourism Board)."


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