Ashoka Pillar Rock Edict is situated in Kalsi
, about five km from Dakpathar
, in Dehradun District
. The Ashoka Pillar was built in 450 BC. It is made of quartz and is 10 ft long and 8 ft broad. The Pillar is a symbol of the prosperous era of Ashoka
, the third emperor of the Maurya Dynasty
. The edicts aimed at the moral elevation of his people. The figure of an elephant is inscribed on the right side of the rock. The edict is engraved in Brahmi Script
. The Pillar was taken to Delhi by one of the Muslim rulers. Now the Archaeological Survey of India preserves the pillar and the edict.
Yamuna River flows close by. Nearby interesting destinations include Asan Barrage, Sahastra Dhara and Paonta Sahib (14 km.)
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport and the nearest railway station is at Dehradun.