Ashoka rock edict is one of major rock edicts, which was constructed by Ashoka and they are great source of information about Mauryan Dynasty and history of Gujrat. It is located on the way from Junagadh to Girnar. Fourteen rock edicts of the Emperor Ashoka are inscribed on a great boulder. The inscription carry Brahmi script in Pali language and dates back to 263 BC. Rudrakama and Skandagupta added sanskrit inscriptions in around 150 AD and 450 AD respctively.
These inscriptions preach principles of matery of the senses, purity of thought, gratitude, devotion, self-control, secular thinking, kindness and oppose animal sacrifice and greed. The Edicts depicts the tale of Ashoka’s repentance for death and destruction during the wars waged by him.
Charlie Burt has covered four good entries on Junagadh on her blog – Makabara, Islamic Architecture, Graveyard, and Local women. All the entries contain snaps of respective titles. Don’t miss to check it out.
Nimit has a interesting blog on Junagadh. Check it out here. He has good pics of Junagadh and key information like phone numbers and tariff of the hotels of Junagadh. Keep up the good work nimit. Kudos to Junagadh.
Girnar Hills, Junagadh [Source]
A great Film Star from Junagadh, Born 59 years ago in Junagadh, Gujarat, and Parveen Babi was a special child. The only child of her parents, born to them 14 years after their marriage. Read full story here.
Kamlesh Adhiya has written a Good post on Junagadh covering Historical background – ranging from Ashoka’s period to Mughal empire to british rule, Attractions or places to visit while you are in Junagadh – Uparkot Fort, Chorwad Beach, Sasan Gir Forest & Sanctuary, Ahmadpur Mandvi, Damodar and Ashoka’s Rock Edicts and How to reach Junagadh. Read his blog entry for more details here
Map of Junagadh, Gujrat, India – Google Maps
The Sakkarbaug zoo of Junagadh, the oldest zoo in Gujarat , is home to the famous Gir lions, tigers and leopards. This zoo was set up in 1863 AD by the Nawab, to save the Asiatic lion from extinction. Besides lions, there are also tigers, leopards, bears, jackals, wild ass, snakes and birds. An open zoo has also been developed over 500 acres of land. Now it’s the leading breeding centre for the Asiatic Lion. [Source]
The population of leopards in the area is on the rise and, in fact, has even outnumbered these lions. At present, nearly 30 leopards are inmates of the Sakkarbaug (SKB) Zoo, while the number of Asiatic lions stands at 21. [Source]
Mosque, Junagadh [Source]
The Mahabat Maqbara mausoleum is a late nineteenth century (1892) Muslim tomb; a dream from tales of a thousand and one nights; hardly old enough to be regarded as historical by Indian standards.
Palace of Maharani Ranakidevi, Junagadh, Gujarat