History is mute here. At that time Sri Lanka was ruled by King Thissa. This makes the Seleucids part Macedonian and part Iranian, and so, Persian. They still live among us! He started writing letters to her and after sometime she too started reciprocating his feelings. Few years later, Chandragupta married Helena who was the daughter of Greece General Seleucus. We know how her father Seleukos Nikator looked as there are coins that represent him distinctly clear. I would definetly like to write in future on Asian history and Indian history. Let us begin the story with Pakistan. 1. Can the daughter of a military commander of a far foreign land marry an Indian king who is Vishpurush – poison man? Megasthenes, the Macedonian Ambassador to Pataliputra, also wrote in his book Indica that Helena had a son but did not say much about him. We can have a rough idea about his looks. 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. On Kautilya's advice, Chandragupta married the daughter of Seleucus, Helen. Seleukos Nikator was defeated and he gave Helena’s hand in marriage to Chandragupta Maurya in 305 B.C. Parvatak death – How Chandragupta became the only emperor of India? It was in 305 BCE that Seleucus’s army met with Chandragupta Maurya’s in a battle where Seleucus was defeated. 358 BC Died: 281 BC murdered. Now, Helen or Helena was a Greek. It was found by Seleucus I Nicator following the division of the empire created by Alexander the Great. He died of starvation around the age of 56, not the age to die painfully. I have already written on mughals. 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. Now, Helen or Helena was a Greek. He had many elder brothers who were before him in line of succession. Her own husband Chandragupta Maurya may have been a Vishpurush. It happpened to be love at first sight some accounts explain. I will contribute my part to support your works. 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 ( Log Out /  She became his chief consort and Empress of Mauryan Empire. Seleucus I Nicator involved himself in a peace treaty with Maurya Dynasty and married his daughter Helena (or Diodora or Durdhara) with Sandrocuttus(Chandragupta). Again there is a big question mark. But Justin is not a traditional Macedonian or Grecian name. HRE Ferdinand I's 55-Great Grandfather. Gurudwara Greeting for PM Generates Social Media Impact In return, he was presented the gift of 300 elephants. Chhaya – Chandraketu's sister. That is when Chandragupta decided that he had to marry this Greek Princess his love and attacked Seleukos Nikator. Chandragupta Maurya gifted 500 elephants to Nicator. Seleucus married Apama, daughter of Spitamenes. - 668941 1. Her history is being researched upon not only in India but in other countries too. Ask your question. But Chandragupta did not do so. Chandragupta had once seen Seleucus' daughter, Helena, near the Jhelum River. At the age of 20, Chandragupta married his first wife – Durdhara. Why? In 320 AD, Chandragupta Maurya and his first wife Durdhara had a child whose name was Bindusara. Thereafter Chandragupta married Helena who was the daughter of Seleucus Nikator who was a Greek ruler. You should write something about medieval history too. Helena : The Greek Mauryan Princess – History and Chronicles Seleucus I Nicator, Macedonian army officer who founded the Seleucid kingdom. Their lives were so extraordinary that even after 2,300 long years they amaze us. I am curious to know if Chanakaya really did say that “Son of a foreign mother cannot be an emperor”? Then, in 324, Seleucus was among those Alexander required to marry Iranian princesses. First of all, you have a wonderful blog, I simply like reading your blog. 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. 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. In 320 AD, Chandragupta Maurya and his first wife Durdhara had a child whose name was Bindusara. Though the Mauryan era had many mysterious characters, Helena perhaps is the mysterious-most. Helena must have been in her 15-17years when she was married off to Chandragupta Maurya who was 40 years then. Chandragupta and Helena had a son from their union. Whether Helena had a son is debatable point. Invasion of seleucus Nicator Treaty of Chandragupta &Nicator. How did Chandragupta Maurya gain control of territories across the river Indus Both Mahinda and King Thissa spoke in a language each other understood. Born: abt. In doing so, a swarm of questions come to life. HM George I's 61-Great Grandfather. Whatever it was, this marriage undoubtedly was the subcontinent’s first intercontinental political marriage. Seleucus got married his daughter “Helena” with Chandragupta and in return Seleucus got 500 war elephants. Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. The glorious love affair of Chandra Gupta Maurya and Helen, the Greek princess and daughter of Seleucus Nicatar, the ruler of Western India and. Log in. Helena was the daughter of the Greek ruler Seleucus Nicator. Sandrocuttus favoured his Greek wife over his first wife Niadrus. 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. 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. Emperors in those days would mint coins after marriage with their wife. Ashoka offered the King of Sri Lanka his title “DEAVANAPIYA” meaning LOVED BY GOD, according to chronicles. ( Log Out /  Bindusara’s son Ashoka sent a Buddhist mission to Sri Lanka led by Ashoka’s son, Mahinda Thera. She was Seleucus Nicator’s daughter whom Chandragupt Maurya had defeated in a war. Poss. Only information is from foreign books like Megasthanese and pillars or stupas. 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. Thats possible. Parvatak death – How Chandragupta became the only emperor of India? Not only Indians but people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan and Europeans are taking keen interest at her. Just imagine, this Acharya or scholar came to Pataliputra all the way from Taxila to topple the Nanda dynasty in Pataliputra and did it! Helena was the daughter of Seleucus and the true story behind how Chandragupta met her was unknown. Join now. 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. Name the daughter of selucus who was the wife of chandragupta mauraya? Sandrocuttus favoured his Greek wife over his first wife Niadrus. 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. 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. Sandhi: + Seleucus married his daughter Helena to Chandragupta Maurya. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. 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. ( Log Out /  But whatsoever the story may be, Chandragupta married Helena in his 40s. Later Chandragupta Maurya Married Helena who was Seleucus’ daughter and then entered into an alliance with Seleucus. It was at Kumhrar that the palace of Chandragupta Maurya once stood. 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. There he also offered war elephants as a token of gift. But in her time, it is said Vishkanyas were there in Persia, Mesopotamia and Babylonia. Mura – Chandragupta's mother. Magadha’s boundaries had thus been much extended over time and contained a good part of central, eastern and north-eastern India. Faxian imagined in the ruins of Ashoka’s palace Daughter of his maternal uncle, she was the main consort of Chandragupta Maurya. Thanks for this. Chandragupta Maurya Waged a War against Selecus Nicator to Marry Devi Helena. It happpened to be love at first sight some accounts explain. 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. Chandragupta had two wives, one named Durdhara and the other named Helena. Is it not? Helena – Seleucus's daughter, later Empress of India. Helena was the daughter of the Greek ruler Seleucus Nicator. Appian says Seleucus founded three cities that he named in her honor. Selecus angrily asks what is he doing here. Another mystery about Helena is that nothing practically is heard of her after she went to Macedonia. ( Log Out /  Seleucus married his daughter Helena when she was only 16 years old to Chandragupta Maurya of the mauryan empire… 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. 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. 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 … Seleucus was the son of Antiochus, a general of Philip II of Macedonia, the Awesome. 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. Alexander the Great (356 – 323 B… 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. After Alexander's death, Seleucus became the king of Babylon. Later, Chandragupta’s son, continued expanding The Mauryan Empire to the south. The Seleucid Empire was a Hellenistic state ruled by the Seleucid dynasty from 312 BC to 63 BC. Post the war, Chandragupta Maurya married Helena. CITIZENS KEEP THE CITIZEN INDEPENDENT. Very strange! But some accounts explain that Chandragupta in his 40s, saw Helena and fell in love with her. The characters Helena and Chhaya were created by Roy. As per Chankaya’s advice, Chandragupta Maurya then invited Seleucus for a meeting and proposed the alliance of Helena with Chandragupta. Seleucus married his daughter, Helena, to Chandragupta Maurya of the Mauryan Empire when she was just 16 years old. Log in. 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 Maurya gifted 500 elephants to Seleukas. Megasthenes was sent as Greek ambassador to the court of Chandragupta, Hence he was the first Indian ruler to have official foreign relations. Chandragupta Maurya Waged a War against Selecus Nicator to Marry Devi Helena 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. 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. But Helena was Greek, and a Grecian would never name her son after Roman traditions. But Chandragupta and Helena had no children. Another strange fact is that we do not know what she looked like. More we know about Helena, Chandragupta and Chanakya, the more curious we become. Like Helena, her Sandrocottus too was a mystery man. 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. Helena, however, had a son who believed to have returned to Macedonia with her. Since then he maintained alliance with Seleucus and strengthen the Maurya Dynasty. Seleucus was forced to accept. Was Helena also a Vishkanya? What happened to her after the death of Chandragupta Maurya remains shrouded in mystery. Chandragupta Maurya made Bindusara the new emperor and asked Chankaya to continue his services as the chief advisor of the Maurya dynasty. By the terms of the treaty, Seleucus surrebderred his territories in Afghanistan - Herat, Kandhar, and the Kabul valley - to Chandragupta Maurya. He walks to Seleucus. In 305 B.C. When Helena Married Sandrocottus, or Chandragupta Maurya. She was born in the very strange era of poison men and women which today’s generation cannot even imagine. So Justin could not become emperor. 12 hours ago, J&K - Everything has Changed, Nothing has Changed She would become the mother of his successor, Antiochus I Soter. '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. 13 hours ago, Global Warming Causes Sharp Rise in Natural Disasters in India since 2005: Study 2 303 BC A treaty was signed between Chandra Gupta Maurya and Seleucus. 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. Later Chandragupta Maurya Married Helena who was Seleucus’ daughter and then entered into an alliance with Seleucus. 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 Maurya made Bindusara the new emperor and asked Chankaya to continue his services as the chief advisor of the Maurya dynasty. 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. Incidentally, she brought with her a troupe of women from Persia and Babylon to Pataliputra. A mystery, indeed! Essentially, it sounds Roman. 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. 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. 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. 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. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Chandragupta Maurya and Bhadrabahu Ambassador of seleucus Nicator, Magasthenes. Like them, the seniormost minister of the Magadh Empire, Chanakya or Kautilya too is wrapped up in a bundle of mysteries. He instantly fell in love with her and asked Chanakya how he could make her his own. Seleucus married his daughter, Helena, to Chandragupta Maurya of the Mauryan Empire when she was just 16 years old. But he did just that. Being Chandragupta Maurya’s wife, Helena wanted to usurp the throne from her… She learned Sanskrit and Classical Indian music. He gave Kabul, Gandhar, Herat & Jadrosia to Chandragupta and His daughter Helena got married to Chandragupta. It is believed that Chandragupta waged a war against Seleukos Nikator so that he could marry Helena. It all happened on the bank of the Jhelum river in an area that now is in Pakistan. 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. 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. But some accounts explain that Chandragupta in his 40s, saw Helena and fell in love with her. 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. Helena was teen-aged when she married Sandrocottos: as the Greeks called Chandragupta Maurya, ruler of the Magadh Empire. DONATE. He then married Helena, a Greek Princess at the age of 40. Chandragupta Maurya defeated Seleukos Nikator the commander in chief of Alexander the great and the ruling Emperor of Persia in 305 B.C. But Chandragupta, her husband, was. Then Thiissa and Ashoka are related. It is believed Helena’s son’s name was Justin. This is the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, dotted with historical relics of these characters today. Helena, naturally, would have been there walking under the mango groves with her retinue of dasis: maids meant to serve her. Chandragupta was attracted to this young lady and fell in love with her. Seleucus married his daughter Helena when she was only 16 years old to Chandragupta Maurya of the mauryan empire… But whatsoever the story may be, Chandragupta married Helena in his 40s. Agnes Harris's 54-Great Grandfather. 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. Later, Chandragupta’s son, continued expanding The Mauryan Empire to the south. 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. She was the daughter of Seleucus Nicator. Join now. Can you find any evidence to prove this relationship? 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. We have stone sculptures that show Chandragupta Maurya. maiyeshekRangis maiyeshekRangis 20.08.2016 Social Sciences Secondary School Name the daughter of selucus who was the wife of chandragupta mauraya? 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. Later, the boy named as Bindusara and became famous king in Indian history. Seleucus I Nicator involved himself in a peace treaty with Maurya Dynasty and married his daughter Helena (or Diodora or Durdhara) with Sandrocuttus(Chandragupta). He built Sudarshan lake 305 B.C. 12 hours ago, Wedding Season Brings More Women to Hospital with Injuries from Rape General under Alexander the Great; Satrap of BABYLON; Basileus; eponym of SELEUCID Empire. Hence the historians hint a love affair between Helena and Chandragupta. 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. Many thanks for your kind attention. Her real-life character, however, was a very dominant female character in those ancient days. Helena stayed back with Bindusara after Chandragupta’s abdication and later left to Greece where she died. - Seleucus crossed the Indus and attacked Chandragupta in which Seleucus was defeated. But Chandragupta and Helena had no children. 12 hours ago, It Could Be Mission Impossible for the Indians Now 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. History does not say if Helena was immune to poison or a Vishkanya. A Mauryan silver karshapana 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 … No books of mauryan era exist as they were burnt in raids in india. Post the war, Chandragupta Maurya married Helena. Dhananand reminisces Seleucus getting angry once when he talked about marrying Seleucus’ daughter Helena; says they can force Seleucus by kidnapping Helena. Helena became quiet Indian after marriage to Chandragupta Maurya. Can you imagine a mighty emperor ending his life by fasting under the tradition of Jain religion? 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 Nandini who was already let down by Sandrocuttus overthrowing her father Dhanananda from the thrown was now furious. Nands daughter and Chandra Gupta Maurya : Love at first sight, Nigrodha and Ashoka - A meeting that changed Emperor Ashoka. She was Seleucus Nicator’s daughter whom Chandragupt Maurya had defeated in a war. 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. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. 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). But how could a father marry his daughter to a man knowing full well that he was a Vishpurush? 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 Chandragupta Maurya Death: Society in Chandragupta Maurya’s Times: Megasthenes, Nand daughter – Chandragupta Maurya’s wife. Thanks for liking the content. Nandini who was already let down by Sandrocuttus overthrowing her father Dhanananda from the thrown was now furious. 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