Her history is being researched upon not only in India but in other countries too. However centuries of literature, mythology, and history too have showered upon this idea, and to our surprise, the epic love affair of Chandragupta Maurya and Queen Helena (daughter of Seleucus Nicator, the ruler of Western India and Persia) is not less than a fairy tale. Her own husband Chandragupta Maurya may have been a Vishpurush. Can the daughter of a military commander of a far foreign land marry an Indian king who is Vishpurush – poison man? 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. It happpened to be love at first sight some accounts explain. Seleucus I Nicator involved himself in a peace treaty with Maurya Dynasty and married his daughter Helena (or Diodora or Durdhara) with Sandrocuttus(Chandragupta). By the terms of the treaty, Seleucus surrebderred his territories in Afghanistan - Herat, Kandhar, and the Kabul valley - to Chandragupta Maurya. 12 hours ago, J&K - Everything has Changed, Nothing has Changed Later, Chandragupta’s son, continued expanding The Mauryan Empire to the south. Chanakya Influences Seleucus I Nicator Seleucus I Nicator, the founder of the Seleucid dynasty, was also one of Alexander's former, most trusted, generals. Chandragupta and Helena had a son from their union. Like them, the seniormost minister of the Magadh Empire, Chanakya or Kautilya too is wrapped up in a bundle of mysteries. 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. Log in. That is when Chandragupta decided that he had to marry this Greek Princess his love and attacked Seleukos Nikator. But Chandragupta and Helena had no children. 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. Thats possible. Incidentally, she brought with her a troupe of women from Persia and Babylon to Pataliputra. He walks to Seleucus. Parvatak death – How Chandragupta became the only emperor of India? Their lives were so extraordinary that even after 2,300 long years they amaze us. Another mystery about Helena is that nothing practically is heard of her after she went to Macedonia. 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. He instantly fell in love with her and asked Chanakya how he could make her his own. Chandragupta Maurya Waged a War against Selecus Nicator to Marry Devi Helena. Chandragupta was attracted to this young lady and fell in love with her. Essentially, it sounds Roman. Folklore, archaeological evidence, books in Jainism, Buddhism, Brahmanism and the records of ancient Grecian chroniclers make Helena a character shrouded in mystery. Dhananand Amartya is already present where Helena is going and she may consume poisoned food by Amartya. In 320 AD, Chandragupta Maurya and his first wife Durdhara had a child whose name was Bindusara. This is the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, dotted with historical relics of these characters today. But Helena was Greek, and a Grecian would never name her son after Roman traditions. Helena was daughter of Seleukos and his Persian wife. You should write something about medieval history too. But nothing is there to know how Helena looked. Another strange fact is that we do not know what she looked like. Like Helena, her Sandrocottus too was a mystery man. General under Alexander the Great; Satrap of BABYLON; Basileus; eponym of SELEUCID Empire. But Chandragupta and Helena had no children. It happpened to be love at first sight some accounts explain. She learned Sanskrit and Classical Indian music. Later, Chandragupta’s son, continued expanding The Mauryan Empire to the south. Is it not? Sandhi: + Seleucus married his daughter Helena to Chandragupta Maurya. Parvatak death – How Chandragupta became the only emperor of India? I would definetly like to write in future on Asian history and Indian history. Seleucus married Apama, daughter of Spitamenes. Chandragupta Maurya made Bindusara the new emperor and asked Chankaya to continue his services as the chief advisor of the Maurya dynasty. She was born in the very strange era of poison men and women which today’s generation cannot even imagine. Helena was the daughter of Seleucus and the true story behind how Chandragupta met her was unknown. 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. Only information is from foreign books like Megasthanese and pillars or stupas. Sandrocuttus favoured his Greek wife over his first wife Niadrus. 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). '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. Later Chandragupta Maurya Married Helena who was Seleucus’ daughter and then entered into an alliance with Seleucus. More we know about Helena, Chandragupta and Chanakya, the more curious we become. There he also offered war elephants as a token of gift. Name the daughter of selucus who was the wife of chandragupta mauraya? SELEUCUS NICATOR WAS THE FATHER OF HELENA,WHO WAS THE WIFE OF EMPEROR CHANDRAGUPTA MAURYA.-1 ; Selucus was one of the representatives of Alexander the great who fought with Chandragupta and after defeat he marry his daughter Helena with Chandragupta.-1 Seleucus Nicator was the the most important and powerful general of Alexander the Great. Chandragupta Maurya gifted 500 elephants to Nicator. According to Appian, a popular Roman historian, a part of the truce also came through Seleucus forming a marriage relationship with the Mauryas, by getting his daughter Helena betrothed to Chandragupta Maurya, thus receiving 500 very efficient war elephants as a part of the dowry in return. Again there is a big question mark. 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. Later, the boy named as Bindusara and became famous king in Indian history. Very strange! Not only Indians but people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan and Europeans are taking keen interest at her. 303 BC A treaty was signed between Chandra Gupta Maurya and Seleucus. Megasthenes, the Macedonian Ambassador to Pataliputra, also wrote in his book Indica that Helena had a son but did not say much about him. A mystery, indeed! He built Sudarshan lake 305 B.C. Seleucus was forced to accept. Learn more about Chandragupta Maurya . Alexander the Great (356 – 323 B… It was found by Seleucus I Nicator following the division of the empire created by Alexander the Great. 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). This is well written. Appian says Seleucus founded three cities that he named in her honor. She was Seleucus Nicator’s daughter whom Chandragupt Maurya had defeated in a war. Join now. Helena stayed back with Bindusara after Chandragupta’s abdication and later left to Greece where she died. It is believed Helena’s son’s name was Justin. Can you imagine a mighty emperor ending his life by fasting under the tradition of Jain religion? Helena’s son cannot be heir anyways because he was younger son of Chandragupta Maurya. We know how her father Seleukos Nikator looked as there are coins that represent him distinctly clear. What is the source you’ve referred to, on which this is based? Then Thiissa and Ashoka are related. Now, Helen or Helena was a Greek. She became his chief consort and Empress of Mauryan Empire. But Chandragupta did not do so. History is mute here. Seleucus married his daughter, Helena, to Chandragupta Maurya of the Mauryan Empire when she was just 16 years old. Seleucus I Nicator, Macedonian army officer who founded the Seleucid kingdom. Thanks for this. On Kautilya's advice, Chandragupta married the daughter of Seleucus, Helen. But some accounts explain that Chandragupta in his 40s, saw Helena and fell in love with her. Chandragupta defeated Seleucus (father of Queen Helena) and invited him in his court to ask for his daughter’s hand. Helena, however, had a son who believed to have returned to Macedonia with her. Chhaya – Chandraketu's sister. 2 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 … 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. Just imagine, this Acharya or scholar came to Pataliputra all the way from Taxila to topple the Nanda dynasty in Pataliputra and did it! Seleucus married his daughter, Helena, to Chandragupta Maurya of the Mauryan Empire when she was just 16 years old. HM George I's 61-Great Grandfather. But some accounts explain that Chandragupta in his 40s, saw Helena and fell in love with her. CITIZENS KEEP THE CITIZEN INDEPENDENT. Chandragupta Maurya defeated Seleukos Nikator the commander in chief of Alexander the great and the ruling Emperor of Persia in 305 B.C. Emperors in those days would mint coins after marriage with their wife. First of all, you have a wonderful blog, I simply like reading your blog. In doing so, a swarm of questions come to life. In 320 AD, Chandragupta Maurya and his first wife Durdhara had a child whose name was Bindusara. He then married Helena, a Greek Princess at the age of 40. Now, Helen or Helena was a Greek. 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. Sandrocuttus favoured his Greek wife over his first wife Niadrus. Log in. After Alexander's death, Seleucus became the king of Babylon. - Seleucus crossed the Indus and attacked Chandragupta in which Seleucus was defeated. As their alliance happened after a war treaty, so mostly it is written that ‘the marriage’ was a political alliance between the two states, but a few back the view that they were already in love. ( Log Out /  No books of mauryan era exist as they were burnt in raids in india. Chankya agreed to the marriage of Helena and Chandragupta Maurya only after taking in writing that Helena’s son shall not ascend the throne of Magadh. Helena was the daughter of the Greek ruler Seleucus Nicator. But whatsoever the story may be, Chandragupta married Helena in his 40s. Seleucus I `Nicator' (King) of SYRIA. Helena was the daughter of the Greek ruler Seleucus Nicator. Helena must have been in her 15-17years when she was married off to Chandragupta Maurya who was 40 years then. Join now. I have already written on mughals. It was at Kumhrar that the palace of Chandragupta Maurya once stood. Ask your question. 358 BC Died: 281 BC murdered. 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 As per Chankaya’s advice, Chandragupta Maurya then invited Seleucus for a meeting and proposed the alliance of Helena with Chandragupta. Helena – Seleucus's daughter, later Empress of India. He had many elder brothers who were before him in line of succession. Chandragupta had two wives, one named Durdhara and the other named Helena. Nands daughter and Chandra Gupta Maurya : Love at first sight, Nigrodha and Ashoka - A meeting that changed Emperor Ashoka. Invasion of seleucus Nicator Treaty of Chandragupta &Nicator. He gave Kabul, Gandhar, Herat & Jadrosia to Chandragupta and His daughter Helena got married to Chandragupta. Being Chandragupta Maurya’s wife, Helena wanted to usurp the throne from her… We have stone sculptures that show Chandragupta Maurya. Daughter of his maternal uncle, she was the main consort of Chandragupta Maurya. 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. 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. 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. She would become the mother of his successor, Antiochus I Soter. Taking place in 305 BCE, it was the first Indo-Grecian political marriage in the subcontinent. Bindusara’s son Ashoka sent a Buddhist mission to Sri Lanka led by Ashoka’s son, Mahinda Thera. Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. 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 A Mauryan silver karshapana DONATE. Thanks for liking the content. He started writing letters to her and after sometime she too started reciprocating his feelings. Ashoka offered the King of Sri Lanka his title “DEAVANAPIYA” meaning LOVED BY GOD, according to chronicles. When Helena Married Sandrocottus, or Chandragupta Maurya. 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. 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. 1. The glorious love affair of Chandra Gupta Maurya and Helen, the Greek princess and daughter of Seleucus Nicatar, the ruler of Western India and. What Chankya would have told is that Helena cannot become Chief Queen and Empress of Maurya as she was a foreigner. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Chandragupta Maurya had fallen in love with Helena and fought against Seleucus Nikator in war and defeated him to marry Helena. How did Chandragupta Maurya gain control of territories across the river Indus What happened to her after the death of Chandragupta Maurya remains shrouded in mystery. Why? 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 … Post the war, Chandragupta Maurya married Helena. 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. maiyeshekRangis maiyeshekRangis 20.08.2016 Social Sciences Secondary School Name the daughter of selucus who was the wife of chandragupta mauraya? Later, Chandragupta Maurya married Seleucus’ daughter Helena as part of his diplomacy and entered into an alliance with Seleucus. ( Log Out /  Helena, naturally, would have been there walking under the mango groves with her retinue of dasis: maids meant to serve her. But Chandragupta, her husband, was. At that time Sri Lanka was ruled by King Thissa. Though the Mauryan era had many mysterious characters, Helena perhaps is the mysterious-most. Mura – Chandragupta's mother. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. 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. Society in Chandragupta Maurya’s Times: Megasthenes, Nand daughter – Chandragupta Maurya’s wife. Faxian imagined in the ruins of Ashoka’s palace In 305 B.C. The Seleucid Empire was a Hellenistic state ruled by the Seleucid dynasty from 312 BC to 63 BC. Both Mahinda and King Thissa spoke in a language each other understood. 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. Ambassador of seleucus Nicator, Magasthenes. She was the daughter of Seleucus Nicator. Thereafter Chandragupta married Helena who was the daughter of Seleucus Nikator who was a Greek ruler. Seleucus got married his daughter “Helena” with Chandragupta and in return Seleucus got 500 war elephants. Selecus angrily asks what is he doing here. Hence Chankya bringing this point is not possible. Chandragupta Maurya and Bhadrabahu Chandragupta Maurya made Bindusara the new emperor and asked Chankaya to continue his services as the chief advisor of the Maurya dynasty. - 668941 1. 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. 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 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. The Seleucid Empire was a Hellenistic state ruled by the Seleucid dynasty from 312 BC to 63 BC. 12 hours ago, It Could Be Mission Impossible for the Indians Now The characters Helena and Chhaya were created by Roy. Seleucus married his daughter Helena when she was only 16 years old to Chandragupta Maurya of the mauryan empire… 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. Let us begin the story with Pakistan. 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. Later Chandragupta Maurya Married Helena who was Seleucus’ daughter and then entered into an alliance with Seleucus. Agnes Harris's 54-Great Grandfather. Though the father of Helena was against the marriage as Chandragupta was not a Greek yet Helena was attracted to Chandragupta and advised her father to arrange her wedding to him. Nandini who was already let down by Sandrocuttus overthrowing her father Dhanananda from the thrown was now furious. Hence the historians hint a love affair between Helena and Chandragupta. 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. So Justin could not become emperor. Nandini who was already let down by Sandrocuttus overthrowing her father Dhanananda from the thrown was now furious. He died of starvation around the age of 56, not the age to die painfully. ( Log Out /  At the age of 20, Chandragupta married his first wife – Durdhara. Seleucus married his daughter Helena when she was only 16 years old to Chandragupta Maurya of the mauryan empire… 12 hours ago, Wedding Season Brings More Women to Hospital with Injuries from Rape But in her time, it is said Vishkanyas were there in Persia, Mesopotamia and Babylonia. It was a most turbulent time of history, when the Vishkanyas or poison maidens ruled the diplomatic, political scenario here. There was also a plan to open an university in the name of Chanakya, believed to be a son of the soil of Taxila. But he did just that. Gurudwara Greeting for PM Generates Social Media Impact 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. Seleukos Nikator was defeated and he gave Helena’s hand in marriage to Chandragupta Maurya in 305 B.C. 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. Awesome. In return, he was presented the gift of 300 elephants. Many thanks for your kind attention. Poss. Chandra gupta Maurya and his times by Willam Meyers, Ancient India by Megasthenes, Invasion of India by Arrian etc. Megasthenes was sent as Greek ambassador to the court of Chandragupta, Hence he was the first Indian ruler to have official foreign relations. Her real-life character, however, was a very dominant female character in those ancient days. Was Helena also a Vishkanya? I am curious to know if Chanakaya really did say that “Son of a foreign mother cannot be an emperor”? She was Seleucus Nicator’s daughter whom Chandragupt Maurya had defeated in a war. In fact, the activities of Alexander, Seleukos Nikator whose daughter Helena was, Chanakya and Chandragupta were initially confined to the North West Frontier Province of undivided India. Can you find any evidence to prove this relationship? Chandragupta had once seen Seleucus' daughter, Helena, near the Jhelum River. Who knows many of these ladies might have married the local people? ( 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. Magadha’s boundaries had thus been much extended over time and contained a good part of central, eastern and north-eastern India. 13 hours ago, Global Warming Causes Sharp Rise in Natural Disasters in India since 2005: Study Helena became quiet Indian after marriage to Chandragupta Maurya. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. They still live among us! This makes the Seleucids part Macedonian and part Iranian, and so, Persian. India in c. 4th century BCE was divided into numerous kingdoms and republics. Born: abt. Then, in 324, Seleucus was among those Alexander required to marry Iranian princesses. Post the war, Chandragupta Maurya married Helena. 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. Dhananand reminisces Seleucus getting angry once when he talked about marrying Seleucus’ daughter Helena; says they can force Seleucus by kidnapping Helena. 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. 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