was the grandson of Ashoka. The instructions of Ashoka such as to not kill the
animals and birds, to not cut the forests without any purpose, to not kill
creature are very near to Jainism than Buddhism. There is a possibility that the
early faith of Ashok was Jainism and later he accepted Buddhism. But this is
definite that his grandson emperor Samprati was Jain.
adopted Jainism from a Jain preceptor Acharya Suhasti. He preached Jainism in
non- Aryan countries and established religious shrines for Jain devotees. He
sent Jain missionaries to places for preaching Jain doctrines, Many scholars say
that most of the inscriptions which are linked with the name of Ashoka were
effected by Samprati.'