Ashoka who was the embodiment of pity,
kindness and love unfortunately had to suffer much in his old age. The reason was this-his
sons, Mahendra, Kunala and Teevala were engaged in spreading Buddhism and so his grandsons
Dasharatha and Samprati started quarrelling over the right of succession to the throne.
Even the queens quarreled over the issue. There was one among them, Tishyarakshite who was
a wicked woman. Ashoka was a monk among kings and had given up all pomp and pleasures and
lived a very simple life. This did not please Tishyarakshite who loved the life of ease
and comfort. All this made Ashoka sad. By this time he had grown old. Not much is known
about the last ten years of his life and about his death. Some say, 'The emperor got
disgusted in life and therefore he went on a pilgrimage as a Buddhist monk with his
teacher, for the peace of his mind. At last he reached Taxila and stayed there. Ashoka,
the beloved of Gods and men, left the earth at the age of seventy-two.'
However it is clear that Ashoka was unhappy in his old age.