|Empress consort of the Maurya Empire|
Contrary to the popular belief and portrayal, Karuvaki was not a princess but a commoner who took part in the Kalinga War. Karuvaki was immortalized in the Queen Edict wherein her religious and charitable donations were recorded as per her wishes. This gives an image of her being a self-possessed and strong-willed consort, who wanted an act of philanthropy recorded as specifically hers.
In popular culture
- Karuvaki was portrayed by Kareena Kapoor in the 2001 Bollywood film, Aśoka.
- Reem Sheikh and Saumya Seth portrays Karuvaki in Colors TV's 2015 historical drama, Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat.
- She is the main character of The Ashoka Trilogy, The Prince of Pataliputra by Shreyas Bhave.
- Kalinga Karubaki Award established by Kalinga Literary Festival to honour the great warrior princess of Kalinga
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- "Reem to play Ashoka's love interest". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 January 2016.