How Did Chandragupta Maurya Die?

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How Did Chandragupta Maurya Die

Chandragupta Maurya, the founder of the Maurya Empire and the only ruler who had unified most of the nation under one administration roof. He is very well known for his works in the domain of administration and freeing the nation from foreign hegemony. When he was born his father or the chief of the migrant Mauryas died in a border fight. His mother’s brothers left him to a cowherd who raised Chandragupta as his son. Later on, a Brahman Kautilya famously called Chanakya brought him to Taxila (Present day Pakistan). It was here that he learned military tactics to collect mercenary soldiers, ensured public approval, and finished the autocracy of the Nanda Dynasty

Chandragupta Maurya’s Life 
NameChandragupta Maurya
Dates350–295 BCE
TitleFounder of the Maurya Empire
Reign320 BCE to 298 BCE
Empire ExpansionMagadha’s kingdom expanded to become an empire under his reign
Peak of EmpireGrandson Ashoka the Great ruled from 268 BCE to 231 BCE
Political FormationNature uncertain during his time
Empire StructureLoose-knit empire with large autonomous regions

Chandragupta Maurya’s Death 

By the time the king reached his 50s, he got overly enchanted with the idea of Jainism, an extremely ascetic belief. He looked up to his idol who was himself a Jain saint named Bhadrabahu. 

In 298 BCE, Chandragupta Maurya relinquished his rule and handed over all the responsibilities to his son Bindusara. From there he left for a place in Karnataka called Shravanabelogola. He meditated for five weeks without food and water until he died of starvation. This practice is called sallekhana or santhara. All of it was confirmed through Digambara legend.

Maratha Empire (1674-1818)The Mauryan Empire (321-185 BC)
The Vijaynagar Empire (1336-1647) AD Pallava Dynasty
Khilji Dynasty (1290–1320)Lodi Dynasty
Maharana PratapPala Dynasty
Rashrtrakutas DynastyChalukya Dynasty

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