Emperor Ashoka's Early Life
Ashoka was born to the Mauryan emperor Bindusara and a relatively lower ranked wife of his,
Dharma [or Dhamma]. He was the grandson of Chandragupta Maurya, founder of Mauryan dynasty.
Ashoka had several elder siblings, all of whom were his half-brothers from other wives of Bindusara. His fighting
qualities were apparent from an early age and he was given royal military training. He was known as a fearsome hunter,
and according to a legend, killed a lion with just a wooden rod. Because of his reputation as a frightening warrior
and a heartless general, he was sent to curb the riots in the Avanti province of the Mauryan empire.