The Asoka rock inscription [Junagadh]
Photographer: Solankee Studio
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph from the Curzon Collection: 'Presented with feelings of friendship and sincere admiration to Lord Curzon of Kedleston, Viceroy and Governor-General of India, by H.H. Rasulkhanji, Navab Junagadha. 1900', of the Asoka rock inscription, Junagadh taken by the Solankee Studio, Rajkot, in c.1900. The ancient centre of Junagadh is situated at the foot of the holy Girnar mountain which was an important pilgrimage centre from the 3rd Century BC onwards as indicated by the inscriptions found on a rock beside the path at the foot of the hill. This view shows the 14 edicts of the emperor Ashoka engraved on the north-east face. The Maurya emperor Ashoka (3rd Century BC) promulgated his law in these famous edicts which were carved on many rocks and stone pillars in various vernaculars of his reign, so that they might be handed down to posterity.