Asoka was a versatile genius and one of the most remark-able personalities in the History of the world. He was at the same time a great conqueror and builder, statesman and administrator, religious and social reformer and philosopher and saint. King A„oka, an adherent of the common Indian religion for about nine years after his coronation, devoted himself in the pursuit and spread of the Buddhistic duties after his conversion into Buddhism in the tenth Regnal year. Besides, Buddhist traditions also represent A„oka as convert-ed to Buddhism as an UpÈsaka, i.e. follower of Lord Buddha and as a patron of Buddhism.