The Family Tree of Chandragupta Maurya – The Founder of Mauryan Empire

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Although there are a lot of assumptions, speculations and confusion over the background of Chandragupta Maurya, the founder of the Mauryan Empire, there are specific details that are widely believed as per the available data and texts available.

Here we share the Family Tree of Chandragupt Maurya as per the available data:

Image Courtesy: @ForWomans1 via Twitter
Image Courtesy: @ForWomans1 via Twitter

Chandragupta’s Real Father and Mother

According to the Jain texts, the name of Chandragupta’s father is Sarvatha Siddhi. His mother’s name is not known.

The Adopted Parents of Chandragupta Maurya

Kshema Dharma is Chandragupta’s father and Moora is assumed to be his adopted mother. Well, whether Moora was his real mother or adopted mother is still a question

The Wives of Chandragupta Maurya

At the age of 20, Chandragupta married his first wife – Durdhara. Daughter of his maternal uncle, she was the main consort of Chandragupta Maurya. He then married Helena, a Greek Princess at the age of 40. She was the daughter of Seleucus Nicator.

Conspiracy theories also highlight that Chandragupta married the daughter of Dhana Nanda but there are neither folk tales nor historical evidence to prove the same. As the Samrat, he might have many wives and/or concubines but there are no documents that can give us the details.

Children of Chandragupt Maurya

Keshnak was the elder son of Chandragupta and Durdhara. However, he died as a baby. Chandragupta was 23 years then. 2 years later, Durdhara gave birth to Bindusar and also breath her last.

Chandragupta Maurya’s Grandchildren

Sushim, Ashoka, Vita Ashoka and five others were the grandchildren of Chandragupta. Ashoka killed Sushim and his five brothers to get to the throne sparring only Vitashoka.

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