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Ashokas reign was marked a new epoch in cultural history of India. He gave a new tone to Indian life- a tone that persists still today. The world owes a huge debt to one of the Mauryan kings, Ashoka. He not only gave to the world the lesson of religious toleration but placed before the world the model of an ideal king. His contribution to Indian culture has been unique. The Mauryan stupas, pillars, edicts etc gave to the country a visible unity if culture. In brief, his rule witnessed a growth of art and culture which entitled India to rank among the greatest countries of the time.