Why is Kanishka called second Ashoka?

Kanishka, also known as Kanishka the Great, is referred to as a second Ashoka due to his role in the propagation of Buddhism. Due to his patronage, Buddhism spread to much of China, Japan, Central Asia and Tibet.

He is also known for his contribution to Buddhist architecture the notable example being the Kanishka stupa at Purushapura, modern day Peshawar and for convening the 4th Buddhist council in Kashmir.

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