The place shown in the picture is the bank of the river Daya near Dhauli Hill. On the way to the Sun Temple we came across this place where it is said that the Kalinga war (265- 264 BC) was fought.
The Kalinga war resulted in casualties of around 100,000 men on the Kalinga side and 100,000 on king Ashoka's side. Legends also say that the river Daya was turned red with blood. The sorrows of the war victims transformed king Ashoka into a great, kind hearted Buddhist monk.
I don't know if he could achieve salvation , but he made great contribution in promoting peace and harmony through Buddhism. I wish that we could learn from history and not keep repeating bloodsheds and war.The world needs more peace than nuclear armaments and I hope that the transformation takes place sooner.