About Ashokan Rock Edicts

About 8 kilometres south of Bhubaneshwar the great king Ashoka left some of his post-war life principles for the world. He expressed this through a collection of stone carved edicts, chaityas, Buddhist stupas and pillars. The Mayuran emperor embraced Buddhism proclaimed his devotion to the religion through a series of rock edicts. The one situated at the lowest regions of the Dhauli Hills mentions him saying 'All men are my children,' declaring his pledge to justice, compassion, equality and other good morals in an ancient Brahmin script. The edicts are well preserved in a glass room for tourists to savour in the grandeur and the unforgettable legend of that era. He also expresses his interest in the welfare of the whole world in the Kalinga Edict VI. His inspirations in the Buddhist way of life is reflected across all the edicts in the premises. Some of the other famous structures around are the Peace Pagoda - established in the 1970s by the Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangha, the Vishwa Shanti Stupa and the Shanti Stupa. Another monument to watch out for is the elegantly stylized rock-cut elephant. It commemorates the dream that Buddha’s mother saw about Buddha descending into her womb in the form of an elephant.

Outstanding Universal Value

On the banks of the river Daya lay the Dhauli Hills, where the major edicts of Ashoka are embellished on a mass of rock. Here is where the Kalinga war may have occurred in 265 B.C. It is an epic tale that goes on to mention how King Ashoka won the war at the cost of over 150,000 people owing to which he felt that the river Daya had turned to blood. The dawn of the damage caused brought a transformational change to the king's heart, in that, he gave up his goal of Dig-Vijaya (military conquest) to pursue Dharma-Vijay (spiritual conquest).

Monument Information


752102, Dhauli Rd, Dhauli, Odisha 752104

How To Reach

  • Nearest Airport :Biju Patnaik International Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station :Puri Railway Station
  • Nearest Bus Station : Dhauli Road Bus Stop

Opening Hours

  • Opening Time : 10:00 AM
  • Closing Time :5:00 PM


  • Monsoon : Minimum: 26°C, Maximum:32°C

    Summer : Minimum: 19°C, Maximum:45°C

    Winter : Minimum: 16°C, Maximum:22°C

    Recommended Season to Visit : Monsoon season (July to August), Autumn season (September to October), Winter season (November to February)

Facilities available At the Monument

  • Signages (Bilingual)
  • Toilets for Ladies & Gentleman
  • Benches
  • Drinking Water Facillity
  • Suggestion Box
  • Wheelchairs & Ramps for differently abled
  • Basic facilities available.

Accommodation near the monument

Contact Details

  • Mr. Ashok Kumar Patel
  • Phone: 91-674-2573074, 0674-2573068
  • E-mail: circlebhubaneswar.asi@gov.in

Museums near monument

Ticket Information

Terms & Conditions

  • The e-ticket is not transferable.
  • Entry Fee is not refundable.
  • E-ticket cancellations are not permitted.
  • The Monument is open for visitors between sunrise and sunset.
  • Visitor shall be required to show photo identity proof in original at the entry to the monument.
  • Edibles are not allowed inside the monument.
  • Inflammable/dangerous/explosive articles are not allowed.