Panchayats seek ‘Ashoka Edicts’ park

Shiv Kumar Sharma
Tribune News Service
Yamunanagar, July 12
At least 41 gram panchayats of the Radaur block in Yamunanagar district have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the construction of Ashoka Edicts park at Topra Kalan village.

Emperor Ashoka had erected a pillar at Topra Kalan village in the district. The pillar was later relocated to Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi by Ferozeshah Tughlaq in 14th century AD.

“The pillar edict erected at Topra Kalan during the reign of Emperor Ashoka was the only one of its kind in the Indian subcontinent as it had seven edicts inscribed on it,” said Munish Kumar, sarpanch of Topra Kalan village.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had announced to take up the project given its cultural significance during a public meeting at Radaur in March, 2015. But nothing has been done so far.

Dr Satyadeep Neil Gauri and Roshan Lal Kamboj, both associated with the proposed Ashoka Edicts park project, say its aim is to revive the cultural heritage of the times of Emperor Ashoka, who propagated the teachings of Buddha throughout the world. “The striking features of this park are the replicas of prominent rock and pillar edicts of Emperor Ashoka,” says Dr Gauri.

Sidhartha Gauri, president of Buddhist Forum, says the place could become the second most revered place after Bodh Gaya for Buddhists throughout the world following the construction of the park.

He said that the gram panchayat of Topra Kalan had already passed a resolution donating land for the project.

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