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  Maurya Empire - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Mauryan Empire was perhaps the greatest empire to rule the Indian subcontinent until the arrival of the British.
Chandragupta Maurya's embrace of Jainism increased social and religious renewal and reform across his society, while Ashoka's embrace of Buddhism was the foundation of the reign of social and political peace and non-violence across all of India.
The assassination of Brhadrata and the rise of the Sunga empire led to a wave of persecution for Buddhists, and a resurgence of Hinduism.
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 History Maurya Empire - History Of Ancient, Medieval And Modern India.
Originating from the kingdom of Magadha in the Indo-Gangetic plains of modern Bihar and its capital city of Pataliputra (near modern Patna), the Empire was founded in 321 BCE by Chandragupta Maurya, who had overthrown the Nanda Dynasty and began expanding his power across central and western India.
Maurya re-directed his forces to sneak up on the city, and conducted a secretive and swift raid on the royal buildings, killing the monarch, loyal aides and royal officials.
Chandragupta's great grandson Ashokavardhan Maurya, better known as Ashoka (273- 232 BCE), is considered by contemporary historians as perhaps the greatest of Indian monarchs, and certainly one of the greatest throughout the world.
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 Mauryan Empire Asoka
Bindasura Expanded the empire southward.Bindusura was succeded by his son Asoka who is considered one of the most remarkable rulers in history.
Asoka added the coastal province of Kalinga to the empire, but after this bloody conquest he is said to have converted to Buddhism and initiated a rule of Moral authority across his empire.
The Mauryan Empire was the largest area under one rule on the Indian subcontinent until the Mughal Empire of the 17th century.
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 The Definitive Guide to Maurya Empire XXXX   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
After the Kalinga War, the Empire experienced half a century of peace and security under Ashoka: India was a prosperous and stable empire of great economic and military power whose political influence and trade extended across West and Central Asia and Europe.
Although Alexander set up a Macedonian garrison and satrapies (vassal states) in Northwest India, ruled by the previous Indian kings Ambhi of Taxila and Porus of Pauravas, the disruptive nature of his invasion and subsequent retreat left the region in a state of instability.
Chandragupta was again in conflict with the Greeks when Seleucus I, ruler of the Seleucid Empire, tried to reconquer the northwestern parts of India, during a campaign in 305 BCE.
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It was very well governed, with tempered autocracy at the top and democracy at the city and village levels.Megasthenes,the Greek ambassador at the court of Chandragupta Maurya in Pataliputra, had expressed his admiration for the efficient administration of the empire.
Chandragupta Maurya's son Bindusara became the new Mauryan Emperor by inheriting an empire including the Hindukush, Narmada, Vindhyas,Mysore, Bihar, Bengal, Orissa, Assam, Baluchistan and Afghanistan.
The empire included the whole of India except the region of Kalinga (modern Orissa) and the Dravidian kingdoms of the south.
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 Chandragupta Maurya - LoveToKnow 1911
The great army acquired from his predecessor he increased until it reached the total of 30,000 cavalry, 9000 elephants, and 600,000 infantry; and with this huge force he overran all northern India, establishing his empire from the Arabian Sea to the Bay of Bengal.
In 305 Seleucus Nicator crossed the Indus, but was defeated by Chandragupta and forced to a humiliating peace (303), by which the empire of the latter was still farther extended in the north.
An excellent account of the court and administrative system of Chandragupta has been preserved in the fragments of Megasthenes, who came to Pataliputra as the envoy of Seleucus shortly after 303.
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Megasthenes was sent to the court of King Chandragupta Maurya as an ambassador by hellenistic King Seleucus I Nicator after a peace treaty was signed between them and sealed with a marriage alliance of Seleucus' daughter and Chandragupta's son.
Chandragupta Maurya abnegated the empire in 297 BCE to became an Jain ascetic and traveled to a town Sravana Belgola (near present day Bangalore) in South India.
Brhadratha was the last King of Maurya Dynasty and he was assassinated by his commander-in-chief, Pusyamitra in 181 BCE.
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 The Mauryans, 321-185 BC
By the end of Bindusara's reign, the Mauryan Empire included at least a third of the peninsula and stretched all the way from Bangladesh to the Hindu Kush mountains.
Of the great conquering kings of the Maurya Empire, the only one we know much about is Asoka, for it is in the reign of Asoka that the first samples of Indian writing since the fall of Harappa appear.
His successors were less energetic and capable; in 184 BC, the last of the Mauryan kings was assassinated, and the first empire of India came to an end.
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 The contribution of the Emperor Asoka Maurya to the development of the humanitarian ideal in warfare
Apart from its magnificence, and despite the controversy and uncertainty surrounding many of the actions and achievements of its rulers, this empire and, in particular, one of its rulers, are historically significant in their remarkable moral and humanitarian legacy to mankind.
The Maurya Dynasty under Emperor Asoka's idealism underwent a profound moral transformation at court, in official life, and in the basis of all relationships throughout his extensive dominions and beyond.
This was the normal practice of the Maurya Dynasty - one to be expected in an absolute and despotic monarchy - whereby the prince was groomed and given an apprenticeship by his father.
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 History Ancient - History Of Ancient, Medieval And Modern India.
Maurya empire was the first really large and powerful centralised state in India.
Chandragupta Maurya's son Bindusara became the new Mauryan Emperor by inheriting an empire including the Hindukush, Narmada, Vindhyas, Mysore, Bihar, Bengal, Orissa, Assam, Baluchistan and Afghanistan.
The Gupta empire was threatened by the invasions of Pushyamitras.
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 Chandragupta: c. 321- c. 297 BC
The Mauryan empire, which Chandragupta founded, owes its name to the house of the Mauryas, under whose rule the Indian subcontinent saw, for the first time in history, a considerable degree of political unity.
The Mauryan empire was very strong and independent because it had some kind of political unity.
In modern times the Maurya Empire is remembered as one of the golden ages of Indian history, a time when the country was united and independent.
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A short while later, Magadha was the seat of the powerful Maurya dynasty, founded by Chandragupta, which extended over most of Southern Asia under Asoka; and, later, of the powerful Gupta Empire.
The capital of the Mauryan Empire, Pataliputra (modern Patna), was begun as a Magadhan fortress and became the capital sometime after Ajatashatru's reign.
In 321 BCE, exiled general Chandragupta Maurya founded the Maurya dynasty after overthrowing the reigning king Dhana Nanda to establish the Maurya Empire.
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 Pakistan under Mauryan rule
Fortunately for India, at this opportune moment a man from Punjab, Chandragupta Maurya, was able to set up a strong government in the Gangetic Valley which extended its sway over most of northern India.
Alexander's successor Seleucus who had yet to grid his loins and muster his forces after the Dictator's sudden and unexpected demise, was prevailed upon by diplomacy to cede Pakistan to Chandragupta peacefully, avoiding the sufferings of war whose outcome seemed uncertain to him.
Under Asoka's missionary activities she adopted Buddhism and was to remain largely Buddhist till the arrival of Muslims.
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 India, 320 BCE to 120 CE
According to legend, Chandragupta Maurya was the son of a herdsman.
Chandragupta divided his empire into districts, which were administered by his closest relatives and most trusted generals.
Kanishka's empire prospered economically, and it is said that to his court, from all over Asia, the wealth and wisdom of Kanishka attracted merchants, artists, poets and musicians.
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On the decline of the Empire, the Bhoja Chief of the times made himself independent in his domain, following the example of the governor of Aparanta, and assumed the royal style of Maharaja as the latter had done.
For another, a Rashtrakuta is mentioned as an important individual in a record of the Maurya King Anirjitavarnan (seventh century)(10), and it is not beyond the realm of possibility that the family gathered enough power in the course of years to be able to replace the Chalukyas.
The Silaharas ruled over South Konkan for about three centuries when they had to yield place to a new power that had risen in the hinterland, the Kadambas, and was casting covetous eyes on the famous maritime city of Chandrapura through which the regions behind the ghats carried on their overseas trade.
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 Biographies: Chandragupta Maurya :: 0 A.D. :: Wildfire Games
The backbone of the Mauryan Empire was its agricultural prosperity.
The country’s civil service was such: The empire was divided into districts which were managed by relatives and trusted generals of Chandragupta, in each district were several departments which managed all of the government owned faculties and responsibilities in the district.
Due to Chandragupta’s strong military tradition and excellent government structure the Mauryan Empire was able to grow to cover the entire Indian subcontinent under the reigns of his son Bindusara and his grandson, the legendary Buddhist Emperor Ashoka.
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 Hindu History - The Evolution of Landed Property in Ancient India in the Maurya Imperial Period
However, it was during Maurya rule that the word Sita seems to have come into wide usage and the Sita holdings were a result of clearing up of forest lands mainly with the labour of displaced tribesmen.
The reason for this control of agriculture, industry, trade and the levy of all varieties of taxes on the population was perhaps that the state was in dire need of a great amount of surplus for military considerations.
Though the agricultural settlement were scattered throughout the empire, the sum-total size of the scattered Janapadas made possible the centralised system of the Mauryas.
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 Maurya dynasty
The Mauryas: Indian dynasty in the fourth-third centuries BCE, which unified the subcontinent for the first time and contributed to the spread of Buddhism.
When the situation in Alexander's former kingdom had stabilized, one of his successors, Seleucus, tried to reconquer the eastern territories, but the war was inconclusive, and the Macedonian and Chandragupta signed a peace treaty.
The invasion of the Punjab, which took place in 184, revitalized the Greek culture in the region south of the Hindu Kush mountain range, where Euthydemus' son Demetrius created a new kingdom, consisting of Gandara, Arachosia, the Punjab and even a part of the Ganges valley.
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 Notes on India 2
The remarkably advanced Mauryan empire was divided and subdivided into provinces, districts, and villages whose headmen were appointed by the state.
The Mauryan Empire was the first of two successful attempts to unify India in ancient times.
With the exception of a short period during the Mauryan Empire, the vast tableland of south India - the Deccan - and its fertile coastal plains remained outside the main forces of political change in the north.
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 History of India - 2: Alexander the Great, Mauryan Empire, Gupta Empire
The disintegration of Maurya Empire invited invaders from central Asia seeking fortunes in India.
The greatest of all Gupta kings was Samudragupta whose campaign expanded the empire in all directions.
After the fall of Gupta Empire, north India broke into smaller kingdoms and never was really united until the arrival of Moslems.
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 indian history, mauryas empire, mughal era, british rule in india, history of india, india insight
Maurya's empire came to power in 321 BC.
The empire reached its peak under Emperor Ashoka who converted to Buddhism in 262 BC.
The demand for a separate nation, to be ruled by Mohammed Ali Jinnah became a major hurdle in declaring India as an "Independent Nation" by the British Empire.
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