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World CulturesNedas N.Bindusara  Maurya was the second Mauryan Emperor. He became a king on 298 B.

C. His father was Chandragupta Maurya, the founder of Maurya dynasty. Mother of Bindusara was Durdhara, who was one of the wives of Chandragupta.

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He was born in 320 B.C. in India,Pataliputra.

Mahavamsa (an epic poem written in the Pali language of the ancient Kings of Sri Lanka) says that Bindusara ruled for 28 years. Chandragupta was born in a humble family, raised as a son by another pastoral family, was picked up, taught and counselled by Chanakya, (author of the Arthashastra). Arthashastra (an ancient Indian economic policy and military strategy, written in Sanskrit).Struggle with Greece began which ended the dominance of the Persians. Bindusara gained control of India and Bactria—what is today Afghanistan wich at that time was controlled by the Greeks.

Ancient and medieval sources have not documented Bindusara’s life in detail. Much of the information about him comes from legends, they focused on Chandragupta and the Buddhist legends focused on Ashoka. Bindusara was succeeded by his son Ashoka. According to the Mahavamsa, Ashoka won a battle, and took over Ujjain. Both Chandragupta and Bindusara failed to take over Kalinga who was modern Odisha. Odisha is known as an eastern Indian state, is known for its tribal cultures and its many ancient Hindu temples. However, Bindusara’s son Ashoka the Great did what his dad and grandfather couldn’t do, he took over Kalinga.

Sailendra Nath Sen thinks that Bindusara died around 273-272 BCE, and that he died because of a four-year struggle of succession, after his son, Ashoka became the emperor in 269-268 BCE. Most articles says that he had a natural death after fasting for 12 days at the age of 47.I think that Bindusara is a pretty successful ruler, because he ruled for 28 years, father (he had 99 kids from different queens) he was succeeded by his own son who annexed Kalinga (Kalinga is a historical region of India.).

Overall there wasn’t that much information about Bindusara, there were more info about his son Ashoka, and his dad Chandragupta.


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