Interesting facts and information about Maurya Empire and Emperors

Maurya Empire was the first ancient empire in India which unified the different Indian sub regions and established them as a one state.
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Maurya Empire
  • Chandragupta Maurya founded the Maurya Empire with the help of Chanakya. He defeated the king Dhana Nanda and ended the dynasty of Nanda’s. The last emperor of Maurya Empire was Brihadratha.
  • Maurya Empire was existed for about 137 years from 322 to 185 BCE.
  • Maurya Empire was the largest empire of world at that time. It extended from the Himalayas in the north to the Mahisur and Madras in the south and from Assam in the east to the Balochistan in the west.
  • The main religions of that time were Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. The people had the independence of following any religion.

Famous Emperors of Maurya Empire

Emperor Reign Period Facts
Chandragupta Maurya 322-298 B.C. He was the founder of maurya empire
He unified the indian subcontinent and established a strong empire.
Meghasthenes (a Greek ambassador) visited his court.
He accepted Jainism at the end of his life
Bindusara 298-272 B.C. He was the son of Chandragupta Maurya.
He was called by many names "Amitrochates" (slayer of enemies), "Ajathasetru" (man having no enemies).
He extented the empire and conquered the 16 states.
Deimachus a Greek Ambassador visited his court.
Ashoka 268-232 B.C. He was the son of Bindusara. He became king after defeating other princes.
He included almost entire indian subcontinent in the Maurya empire.
He won the war of Kalinga. It was the turning point of his life. After watching the mass death in the war, he accepted Buddhism and  decided to end war.
He was appointed as Dharma Mahapatro to spread Buddhism.
He build ashok stambhs to promote buddhism.