Sunday, September 12, 2010
Ashoka the Great (contd-2)
Ashoka was followed for 50 years by a succession of weaker kings. Brihadrata , the last ruler of Mauryan Dynasty , held territories that had shrunk considerably from the time of Ashoka, although he still upheld the Budhist faith.
Brihadrata was assassinated in 185 BCE during a military parade, by the commander in chief of his guard , the brahmin general Pusymitra Sunga, who then took over the throne and established. Budhist records such as the Asokavandana write that the assassination of Brihadrata and rise of Sunga empire led to a wave of persecution of Budhists , and a resurgence of Hinduism.The other historians such as omila Thaper said that the allegations for persecution of Budhists was lacking from archaeological sources.