Who was the founder of Mauryan Dynasty?

By Mandeep Kumar|Updated : July 25th, 2022

The founder of the Mauryan Empire was Chandragupta Maurya. He defeated the unpopular last king of the Nandas, Dhana Nanda, and occupied his capital, Pataliputra. In his reign, Mauryan Empire witnessed economic prosperity, reforms, infrastructure expansions, and tolerance.

Answer: Chandragupta Maurya was the founder of the Mauryan Empire.

He ruled during the period of 324-300 BC. The detailed account of Chandragupta Maurya can be found in Buddhist literature, the ‘Mahavamsa’ and ‘Dipavamsa’. He was the first ruler who unified the entire India under one political unit.

More About Chandragupta Maurya

Following are the details on Chandragupta Maurya:

  • Chandragupta Maurya was referred to as ‘Vrishala’ and ‘Kulahina,’ in the ‘Mudrarakshasa’ is a play written by Vishakhadatta,

  • Chanakya was the guru of Chandragupta Maurya with whom he studied as a child and with whose counsel he built the Empire.

  • Chandragupta gave up his life as an ascetic at Shravanabelagola at a hill, which was later on called Chandragiri for several years before fasting to death.

  • Bindusara was the son of Chandragupta Maurya who ascended to the throne after his father.

Summary:

Who was the founder of the Mauryan Dynasty?

The Mauryan Empire was founded by the Chandragupta Maurya. He ruled for 24 years i.e. from 324 BC to 300 BC.

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