Ashoka was born in 294 BC. He was the second son to Bindusar, known as King of Patliputra. After his father died, his elder brother Suman was to take over the reins of the Kingdom. Ashoka accepted the throne and was crowned as King in 273 BC. During his region, the country made progress in terms of science and technology as well as in medicine and surgery. Ashoka, himself worked day and night for the welfare of his people. He knew exactly what was going on in each part of his vast territory. It was during the Kalinga war, that he earned the title Ashoka the Great'. It was the last battle of his life. He died in 232 BC.