Mention some pieces of evidence which referred to Ashoka as the most popular ruler of the 6th century.

Ashoka was the most popular ruler in the 6th century. The following evidence supports this statement:

a. Historians have found that the Ashoka inscriptions are very different from other rulers. This suggested that he was very powerful, industrious and humble.

b. He tried to hold his entire empire together by propagating the concept of Dhamma. Dhamma refers to the principles that were universally acceptable to all.