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Although Buddhism faded in India after his death, it continued to flourish and spread in other parts of the world, primarily in East and Southeast Asia.
Before she took her last breath, Chanakya who had mastered Ayurveda knowledge and skills, removed Bindusara from his mother’s womb by performing a cesarean section. Emperor Chandragupta Maurya left his son, Bindusara, a large and extensive empire. Chanakya was the most famous minister under Chandragupta’s rule, and he continued to be one of the principal ministers during Emperor Bindusara’s reign.Ashoka had several elder siblings, all of whom were his half-brothers from the other wives of Emperor Bindusara, who had 16 wives and approximately 101 sons.The name of his eldest son is said to have been Susima and the name of the youngest son was Tishya.He was born to the second emperor of the Mauryan Dynasty, Emperor Bindusara and his relatively lower ranking wife, Shubhadrangi also known as Maharani Dharma, as stated in the Avadana text.By the virtue of his parenting, he was the grandson of the Founder of the Mauryan Dynasty, Chandragupta Maurya.This is inspiring in itself because change can be a difficult thing to do, especially when you are habituated to do and think in a certain way.
For this reason, I admire his resolve and courage to stop the cycle of war and violence. Wells, a 20th century English writer, called him the ‘Greatest of Kings.’ During Emperor Ashoka’s reign, India had a relatively well-managed government system.
Having been born into a royal family, Emperor Ashoka received extensive royal military training, and he was believed to be the most intelligent among the many sons of his father.
He was intellectual, energetic, fearless, strong, fought well and possessed great military skills.
However, she eventually gained access to him and was able to bear him a son.
It is from her exclamation “I am now without sorrow” that Ashoka got his name which means “painless, without sorrow” in the ancient Sanskrit language. 320 – 273 BCE), was the son of Emperor Chandragupta Maurya and one of his wives, Durdhara. When she was pregnant, she ate with her husband, the emperor.
For this we have to depend solely on Buddhist texts like the Divyavadana and Ceylonese chronicles like Avadana, Dipavamsa and Mahavamsa to obtain the information regarding his early life.