Chandragupta Maurya was the founder of the Mauryan Empire. Chandragupta Maurya ruled from 322-297 BCE.
Maurya Dynasty expanded through the Indo-Gangetic plains of West Bengal, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
The famous war of Kalinga (261 BC) took place during the reign of Asoka with Raja Anantha Padmanabhan.
- The founder of Mauryan Empire was Chandragupta Maurya. With the help of Chanakya he overthrew the then ruling Nanda Dynasty.
- Chandragupta’s another name is Sandrocottus, given by Greek Scholars.
- Alexander The Great’s General, Seleucus Nikator was defeated by Chandragupta Maurya (304 BC).
- He adopted Jainism and later went to Sravanabelagola with Bhadrabahu.
- The Greek writers called him Amitraghat, i.e., Slayer of Foes.
- During his reign Greek Ambassador Deimachos visited his court.
- The land between the two seas Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea was said to be controlled by him.
- Asoka was appointed as the Viceroy of Taxila and Ujjain by his father Bindusara
- Asoka converted as a Buddhist right after the Kalinga War (261 BC) which is mentioned in the 13th Major Rock Edict.
- Asoka built the Shanti Stupa.
- His son’s name is Kunala who was blind.
- Dasharatha Maurya ruled from 232 to 224 BC.
- He succeeded Asoka who was his Gandfather as the Mauryan Ruler.
- Samprati Maurya is the son of Kunala, who was the blind son of Asoka.
- He succeeded Dasharatha Maurya and ruled from 224 to 215 BC.
- Shalishuka Maurya ruled from 215 to 202 BC.
- He was the son of Samprati Maurya and succeeded him as the next Muryan ruler.
- Devabarman ruled from 202 to 195 BC.
- He succeeded Shalushuka Maurya
- Shatadhanvan Maurya ruled from 195 to 187 B.C.
- He succeeded Devabarman Maurya.
- The last of the Mauryan Empire to have ruled.
- Brihadratha succeeded Shatadhanvan Maurya and ruled from 187 to 185 B.C.
- Mauryan Empire was overthrown by Pushyamitra Shunga by killing Brihadratha thus establishing the Shunga Dynasty.
Decline of Mauryan Empire:
- Mauryan Empire was overthrown by Pushyamitra Shunga in 185 B.C. by killing Brihadratha thus establishing the Shunga Dynasty.