Kanaganahalli in Sannathi, a nondescript village at the bank of Bhima River in north Karnataka regin. A great emperor left his mark here several centuries ago who shaped the history of Buddhism in India. I am talking about Emperor Ashok of Maurya dynasty, whose sculpture is dating back to the Ashokan periods depicts the monarch surrounded by queens and courtesans. And this is arguably the sole surviving port trait of the “Chakravartin”. The Archeological Survey of India excavated the remains of Buddha stupa. It is belived that the emperor sent his son Mahinda and daughter Sanghamitra as his emissaries to spread Buddhism in that region.
According to ASI, the Ashokan edict was found in the Chandralamba temple when the roof collapsed and shattered the ideal of old deity. Written in Brahmi script and in Prakrit language, the edict placed right at the entrance in Sannathi and speaks of religious tolerance.
The site is treasure trove and most priceless treasure belongs to Ashoka himself. A broken portrait of king with his queens is lies away from the main Stupa beneath the shelter of a tree. It is said to be very first inscribed panel of King Ashoka to be discovered in India.