Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. But Chandragupta and Helena had no children. Helena was the daughter of the Greek ruler Seleucus Nicator. Seleucus I `Nicator' (King) of SYRIA. Helena was daughter of Seleukos and his Persian wife. 12 hours ago, J&K - Everything has Changed, Nothing has Changed He had many elder brothers who were before him in line of succession. Seleucus I Nicator (/ s ə ˈ lj uː k ə s n aɪ ˈ k eɪ t ər /; c. 358 BC – September 281 BC; Ancient Greek: Σέλευκος Νικάτωρ, romanized: Séleukos Nikátōr, lit. But Chandragupta did not do so. Seleukos Nikator was defeated and he gave Helena’s hand in marriage to Chandragupta Maurya in 305 B.C. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. She was Seleucus Nicator’s daughter whom Chandragupt Maurya had defeated in a war. But Chandragupta, her husband, was. But how could a father marry his daughter to a man knowing full well that he was a Vishpurush? Since Chanakya was a teacher in Taxila and Chandragupta Maurya is believed to have first seen Helena somewhere near Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, they have become subjects of interest to historians of Pakistan. Their lives were so extraordinary that even after 2,300 long years they amaze us. Also I heard that Pandukabhaya, a former king of Sri Lanka who was the great grandfather of Thissa was born in India and related to Chandragupta. When Helena Married Sandrocottus, or Chandragupta Maurya. If yes, It would be interesting to read excerpts of the text that refers to such a thing. 2 More we know about Helena, Chandragupta and Chanakya, the more curious we become. After Alexander's death, Seleucus became the king of Babylon. In 320 AD, Chandragupta Maurya and his first wife Durdhara had a child whose name was Bindusara. Helena, naturally, would have been there walking under the mango groves with her retinue of dasis: maids meant to serve her. Is it not? 303 BC A treaty was signed between Chandra Gupta Maurya and Seleucus. It was at Kumhrar that the palace of Chandragupta Maurya once stood. Chanakya Influences Seleucus I Nicator Seleucus I Nicator, the founder of the Seleucid dynasty, was also one of Alexander's former, most trusted, generals. But he did just that. Empress Helena, Daughter of Seleucus I Nicator, Chandragupta’s first wife real name is Tanu Khan Mahapadma Nanda, former Emperor of Magadha and father of Nandini real name is Arpit Ranka Crown Prince Bindusara, Son of Emperor Chandragupta Maurya and Queen Durdhara real name is Siddharth Nigam Though it is said that Chandragupt Maurya and Helena Maurya’s marriage was a strategic alliance between the two states, there are tales that hint a love story between the two. Many thanks for your kind attention. Later, Chandragupta Maurya married Seleucus’ daughter Helena as part of his diplomacy and entered into an alliance with Seleucus. Gurudwara Greeting for PM Generates Social Media Impact He built Sudarshan lake 305 B.C. Nandini who was already let down by Sandrocuttus overthrowing her father Dhanananda from the thrown was now furious. Alexander the Great (356 – 323 B… The story goes that one day Chandragupta was going with his gaurds on horse when he saw Helena and her friends playing near a river. It was found by Seleucus I Nicator following the division of the empire created by Alexander the Great. Log in. Whether Helena had a son is debatable point. This makes the Seleucids part Macedonian and part Iranian, and so, Persian. Ambassador of seleucus Nicator, Magasthenes. This is the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, dotted with historical relics of these characters today. Parvatak death – How Chandragupta became the only emperor of India? Since then he maintained alliance with Seleucus and strengthen the Maurya Dynasty. Seleucus married Apama, daughter of Spitamenes. ( Log Out /  Historical records do not speak much of Helena but ancient chronicles do say she became well-versed in the system of Magadh or today’s Bihar and wielded massive influence in the corridors of power of the Mauryan Empire. Chandragupta sent 500 war elephants in a return gesture, a military decision that would play a decisive role in the Battle of Ipsus in 301 BC. Chandragupta and Helena had a son from their union. The foremost among them was the kingdom of Magadha in eastern India, whose rulers beginning with King Bimbisara (543 – 492 BCE) had embarked on a quest for empire-building. Later, the boy named as Bindusara and became famous king in Indian history. Chandragupta had two wives, one named Durdhara and the other named Helena. That is when Chandragupta decided that he had to marry this Greek Princess his love and attacked Seleukos Nikator. He died of starvation around the age of 56, not the age to die painfully. On a still moonlit night as you walk along the ancient ruins of Kumhrar, Bulandibagh or the ancient ghats of the river Ganga in today’s Patna, you perhaps will have the eerie feeling of making an imaginary rendezvous with Helena. The woman in question, her father a Macedonian and mother an Iranian, married the Vishpurush some 2,300 years ago in Pataliputra, today’s Patna in Bihar. maiyeshekRangis maiyeshekRangis 20.08.2016 Social Sciences Secondary School Name the daughter of selucus who was the wife of chandragupta mauraya? Mura – Chandragupta's mother. How did Chandragupta Maurya gain control of territories across the river Indus Some local legends in Patna say Helena stayed back in Pataliputra after the death of Chandragupta Maurya, and left for Macedonia a few years later during the reign of Bindusara, son of Chandragupta Maurya from another wife. Seleucus had first set foot in India in 326 BC as a newly-appointed captain of an infantry guard in the army of Alexander who was fighting against King Porus. Born: abt. Another mystery about Helena is that nothing practically is heard of her after she went to Macedonia. Chandragupta Maurya gave 500 elephants as gifts to his father in law Seleukos Nikator and he in return gave him large parts of Afghanistan and Persian Empire. He walks to Seleucus. We know how her father Seleukos Nikator looked as there are coins that represent him distinctly clear. Another strange fact is that we do not know what she looked like. Chandragupta had once seen Seleucus' daughter, Helena, near the Jhelum River. Thanks for liking the content. Helena, however, had a son who believed to have returned to Macedonia with her. The Seleucid Empire was a Hellenistic state ruled by the Seleucid dynasty from 312 BC to 63 BC. Helena stayed back with Bindusara after Chandragupta’s abdication and later left to Greece where she died. Megasthenes was sent as Greek ambassador to the court of Chandragupta, Hence he was the first Indian ruler to have official foreign relations. What Chankya would have told is that Helena cannot become Chief Queen and Empress of Maurya as she was a foreigner. Young Ashoka’s journey was set in motion when Chanakya set out to look for Bindusara to take over the throne and protect Magadh from the Greek Army General, Seleucus Nicator (Tej Sapru), his daughter Helena (Suzanne Bernert) and her son Justin (Sumit Kaul). Awesome. But some accounts explain that Chandragupta in his 40s, saw Helena and fell in love with her. Seleucus I Nicator (l. c. 358-281 BCE, r. 305-281 BCE) was one of the generals of Alexander the Great (l. 356-323 BCE) who make up the group of Diadochi ("successors") who divided the vast Macedonian Empire between them after Alexander's death in 323 BCE (the others being Cassander, Ptolemy, and Antigonus).Despite not receiving his share of the fallen king’s empire until several years … He gave Kabul, Gandhar, Herat & Jadrosia to Chandragupta and His daughter Helena got married to Chandragupta. ( Log Out /  It happpened to be love at first sight some accounts explain. Why? Selecus angrily asks what is he doing here. Post the war, Chandragupta Maurya married Helena. - Seleucus crossed the Indus and attacked Chandragupta in which Seleucus was defeated. At the age of 20, Chandragupta married his first wife – Durdhara. Helena must have been in her 15-17years when she was married off to Chandragupta Maurya who was 40 years then. Now, Helen or Helena was a Greek. First of all, you have a wonderful blog, I simply like reading your blog. Daughter of his maternal uncle, she was the main consort of Chandragupta Maurya. Seleucus I Nicator involved himself in a peace treaty with Maurya Dynasty and married his daughter Helena (or Diodora or Durdhara) with Sandrocuttus(Chandragupta). Let us begin the story with Pakistan. 358 BC Died: 281 BC murdered. By the terms of the treaty, Seleucus surrebderred his territories in Afghanistan - Herat, Kandhar, and the Kabul valley - to Chandragupta Maurya. In 320 AD, Chandragupta Maurya and his first wife Durdhara had a child whose name was Bindusara. Seleucus married his daughter Helena when she was only 16 years old to Chandragupta Maurya of the mauryan empire… Curiosity about Helena is also seen at the Uppsala University of Sweden, which is going to intensify research on the people of Malana and Kanashi villages in Himachal Pradesh, who claim to be of Macedonian origin, thus perhaps the progeny of our beloved Mauryan Empress. General under Alexander the Great; Satrap of BABYLON; Basileus; eponym of SELEUCID Empire. Bindusara’s son Ashoka sent a Buddhist mission to Sri Lanka led by Ashoka’s son, Mahinda Thera. But some accounts explain that Chandragupta in his 40s, saw Helena and fell in love with her. Incidentally, she brought with her a troupe of women from Persia and Babylon to Pataliputra. Being Chandragupta Maurya’s wife, Helena wanted to usurp the throne from her… Seleucus founds Seleucia on the Tigris, Seleucia in Pieria, Antioch, Apamea, Laodicea, Cyrrhus, Dura Europos, and Diocaesarea 299: He marries Stratonice I , daughter of Demetrius Poliorcetes and Phila I Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Poss. But in her time, it is said Vishkanyas were there in Persia, Mesopotamia and Babylonia. Daughter of Seleukos Nikator, the Commander-in-Chief of Alexander the Great and ruling Emperor of Persia and his Persian wife, Helena was believed to be around 15 or 16 when she married Chandragupta who was around 39 then. Taking place in 305 BCE, it was the first Indo-Grecian political marriage in the subcontinent. India in c. 4th century BCE was divided into numerous kingdoms and republics. Nands daughter and Chandra Gupta Maurya : Love at first sight, Nigrodha and Ashoka - A meeting that changed Emperor Ashoka. The Seleucid Empire was a Hellenistic state ruled by the Seleucid dynasty from 312 BC to 63 BC. A Mauryan silver karshapana It is in this backdrop that the celluloid world of Bollywood is showing keen interest in the ancient Mauryan emperors and their wives, including Helena and of course, Chanakya. Invasion of seleucus Nicator Treaty of Chandragupta &Nicator. What is the source you’ve referred to, on which this is based? Ashoka offered the King of Sri Lanka his title “DEAVANAPIYA” meaning LOVED BY GOD, according to chronicles. The characters Helena and Chhaya were created by Roy. A mystery, indeed! He then married Helena, a Greek Princess at the age of 40. They still live among us! This is well written. In 305 B.C. Helena’s son cannot be heir anyways because he was younger son of Chandragupta Maurya. Learn more about Chandragupta Maurya . You should write something about medieval history too. Her history is being researched upon not only in India but in other countries too. Ask your question. Faxian imagined in the ruins of Ashoka’s palace He started writing letters to her and after sometime she too started reciprocating his feelings. + Chandragupta Maurya gifted 500 elephants to Seleukas. Seleucus I Nicator involved himself in a peace treaty with Maurya Dynasty and married his daughter Helena (or Diodora or Durdhara) with Sandrocuttus(Chandragupta). Helena became quiet Indian after marriage to Chandragupta Maurya. 'Seleucus the Victor') was a Greek general and one of the Diadochi, the rival generals, relatives, and friends of Alexander the Great who fought for control over his empire after his death. Like them, the seniormost minister of the Magadh Empire, Chanakya or Kautilya too is wrapped up in a bundle of mysteries. Daughter of Seleukos Nikator, the Commander-in-Chief of Alexander the Great and ruling Emperor of Persia and his Persian wife, Helena was believed to be around 15 or 16 when she married Chandragupta who was around 39 then. Chandragupta had two wives, one named Durdhara and the other named Helena. 1. We do not have an authentic historical record of the marriage but quasi-historical materials point to the fact that Chandragupta had fallen for Helena due to her beauty, and Helena too fell in love with him at the first very sight. Hence Chankya bringing this point is not possible. Chandra gupta Maurya and his times by Willam Meyers, Ancient India by Megasthenes, Invasion of India by Arrian etc. 12 hours ago, Wedding Season Brings More Women to Hospital with Injuries from Rape He instantly fell in love with her and asked Chanakya how he could make her his own. Dhananand Amartya is already present where Helena is going and she may consume poisoned food by Amartya. The most sensible answer to this very interesting note of interrogation may be an emphatic No, but just the contrary took place in one case. But Justin is not a traditional Macedonian or Grecian name. She would become the mother of his successor, Antiochus I Soter. Her own husband Chandragupta Maurya may have been a Vishpurush. We have stone sculptures that show Chandragupta Maurya. Only information is from foreign books like Megasthanese and pillars or stupas. Helena was the daughter of Seleucus and the true story behind how Chandragupta met her was unknown. No books of mauryan era exist as they were burnt in raids in india. But Chandragupta and Helena had no children. Helena was the daughter of Seleucus and the true story behind how Chandragupta met her was unknown. Can the daughter of a military commander of a far foreign land marry an Indian king who is Vishpurush – poison man? Thereafter Chandragupta married Helena who was the daughter of Seleucus Nikator who was a Greek ruler. Both Mahinda and King Thissa spoke in a language each other understood. Hence the historians hint a love affair between Helena and Chandragupta. Parvatak death – How Chandragupta became the only emperor of India? Like Helena, her Sandrocottus too was a mystery man. Later, Chandragupta’s son, continued expanding The Mauryan Empire to the south. At that time Sri Lanka was ruled by King Thissa. Though the Mauryan era had many mysterious characters, Helena perhaps is the mysterious-most. Again there is a big question mark. Seleucus married his daughter, Helena, to Chandragupta Maurya of the Mauryan Empire when she was just 16 years old. Later Chandragupta Maurya Married Helena who was Seleucus’ daughter and then entered into an alliance with Seleucus. It was found by Seleucus I Nicator following the division of the empire created by Alexander the Great. Who knows many of these ladies might have married the local people? 12 hours ago, It Could Be Mission Impossible for the Indians Now It was in 305 BCE that Seleucus’s army met with Chandragupta Maurya’s in a battle where Seleucus was defeated. Later, Chandragupta’s son, continued expanding The Mauryan Empire to the south. It is believed that some soldiers of Alexander the Great did not return to Greece in 326 BCE but stayed back in present-day Himachal. ( Log Out /  Daughter of Seleukos Nikator, the Commander-in-Chief of Alexander the Great and ruling Emperor of Persia and his Persian wife, Helena was believed to be around 15 or 16 when she married Chandragupta who was around 39 then. Chandragupta Maurya and Bhadrabahu Log in. CITIZENS KEEP THE CITIZEN INDEPENDENT. Later Chandragupta Maurya Married Helena who was Seleucus’ daughter and then entered into an alliance with Seleucus. Chandragupta Maurya made Bindusara the new emperor and asked Chankaya to continue his services as the chief advisor of the Maurya dynasty. However, nearly two decades later he was again standing on the shores of River Indus as a king looking to protect his borders and expand his empire. Can you find any evidence to prove this relationship? In return, he was presented the gift of 300 elephants. Then Thiissa and Ashoka are related. 13 hours ago, Global Warming Causes Sharp Rise in Natural Disasters in India since 2005: Study History is mute here. Sandrocuttus favoured his Greek wife over his first wife Niadrus. Essentially, it sounds Roman. But whatsoever the story may be, Chandragupta married Helena in his 40s. Seleucus got married his daughter “Helena” with Chandragupta and in return Seleucus got 500 war elephants. I will contribute my part to support your works. Join now. Megasthenes, the Macedonian Ambassador to Pataliputra, also wrote in his book Indica that Helena had a son but did not say much about him. Thats possible. Change ), Nand daughter – Chandragupta Maurya’s wife, Nigrodha and Ashoka – A meeting that changed Emperor Ashoka, Nands daughter and Chandra Gupta Maurya : Love at first sight. As per Chankaya’s advice, Chandragupta Maurya then invited Seleucus for a meeting and proposed the alliance of Helena with Chandragupta. When Chandragupta Maurya expressed his desire to marry Helena to Chanakya, he said it would only be possible if he wars Selecus Nicator – Helena’s father and put pressure on him.At the start, Chandragupta acquired northern parts which were under the Nanda rule, and then he declared war … She became his chief consort and Empress of Mauryan Empire. It is believed Helena’s son’s name was Justin. Name the daughter of selucus who was the wife of chandragupta mauraya? In the struggles following the death of Alexander the Great, he rose from governor of Babylon to king of an empire centring on Syria and Iran. 13 hours ago, Wedding Season Brings More Women to Hospital with Injuries from Rape, Women Journalists Targets of Online Violence and Political Attacks, Meet a Tawaif at Cawnpore Who Spied for Baagis in 1857, Realities that are Already Quite Beautiful and Existent, South Asian Feminist Fim Festival Spotlights Success and Tragedy, Gurudwara Greeting for PM Generates Social Media Impact, J&K - Everything has Changed, Nothing has Changed, It Could Be Mission Impossible for the Indians Now, Global Warming Causes Sharp Rise in Natural Disasters in India since 2005: Study. It was a political alliance in which Helena the daughter Seleukos Nikator and Macedonian Princess married Chandragupta Maurya, the Emperor of India(and Mauryan Empire). On Kautilya's advice, Chandragupta married the daughter of Seleucus, Helen. In 289 B. C. at the age of 56 years Chandragupta Maaurya abdicated his throne to his son Bindusara and embraced Jainism and left for Shravanabelegola in Karnataka where he meditated for 2 years and fasted unto death in 287 B.C. In doing so, a swarm of questions come to life. Seleucus was the son of Antiochus, a general of Philip II of Macedonia, the HM George I's 61-Great Grandfather. What happened to her after the death of Chandragupta Maurya remains shrouded in mystery. Very strange! DONATE. Chandragupta Maurya made Bindusara the new emperor and asked Chankaya to continue his services as the chief advisor of the Maurya dynasty. But Helena was Greek, and a Grecian would never name her son after Roman traditions. ( Log Out /  Another fact full of suspense is that Helena belonged to the age when Vishkanyas and Vishpurush were a storied feature of the subcontinent and Asia. It all happened on the bank of the Jhelum river in an area that now is in Pakistan. Post the war, Chandragupta Maurya married Helena. Sandrocuttus favoured his Greek wife over his first wife Niadrus. It happpened to be love at first sight some accounts explain. Chhaya – Chandraketu's sister. The glorious love affair of Chandra Gupta Maurya and Helen, the Greek princess and daughter of Seleucus Nicatar, the ruler of Western India and. We can have a rough idea about his looks. She was Seleucus Nicator’s daughter whom Chandragupt Maurya had defeated in a war. Chandragupta sent 500 war elephants in a return gesture, a military decision that would play a decisive role in the Battle of Ipsus in 301 BC. Chandragupta Maurya defeated Seleukos Nikator the commander in chief of Alexander the great and the ruling Emperor of Persia in 305 B.C. Whatever it was, this marriage undoubtedly was the subcontinent’s first intercontinental political marriage. Thanks for this. Chandragupta Maurya Waged a War against Selecus Nicator to Marry Devi Helena. 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