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Shahbazgarhi is a village in Mardan District of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. It has an altitude of 293 metres (964 feet).[1]

It is about 12 km from Mardan city. It has mountains, green trees, open fields and a small river in the centre of the village.

In old times all these facilities made it attractive for the army and travellers to dig in their tents here, stay for few days and organize their further strategy. The historic Stones of Ashoka, and other sites like Mekha Sanda are worth visiting.

Shahbazgarhi Rock Edicts[edit]

Edicts of Ashoka I-XI in Shahbazgarhi, Peshawar
Main article: Edicts of Ashoka

The town is the location of ancient rock-inscriptions[2] that are cut into two large rock boulders and written in the Kharosthi script.[3] They retain immense historical importance, as they appear to be the first examples of writing in South Asia.[3] They were constructed during the 3rd Century BC, during the reign of Ashoka, the famous Mauryan emperor.[3] The rock edicts were added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on January 30, 2004 in the Cultural category.[3]

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Coordinates: 33°54′57″N 72°29′10″E / 33.91583°N 72.48611°E / 33.91583; 72.48611