Ashoka was the descendant of the great Mauryas, who ruled India in the second and third century B.C. His reign extended from 273 to 232 B.C. He diverted all his energy to bringing peace and happiness to spread the word of Buddha; after that he was known as Dharam - Ashoka The imperial policy was expessed and inscribed on pillars which were known as Seven Pilla Edicts. The Ashoka Pillar at Samath reminds us even today of his greatness. The three lions that adorn it, the "Dharma Chakra" has been adopted by the Indian Government as the device of its national seal.