The Death of Chanakya : By the son of Chandragupta

Chanakya lived to a ripe old age and died around 283 BC and was cremated by his disciple Radhagupta who succeeded Rakshasa Katyayan (great-grand son of Prabuddha Katyayan, who attained Nirvana during the same period as Gautam Budhha) as Prime Minister of the Maurya Empire and was instrumental in backing Ashoka to the throne. There were three non-traditional belief paths in society those days, Jaina, Buddhist and Ajivaka. Ajivaka practising Chanakya brought about the downfall of the Nandas and their coterie of ministers. Later on, Chandragupta Maurya took Jainism on abdicating his throne which passed to his Son Bindusara who was an “Ajivaka”. Even Ashoka was practising “Ajivaka” who before accession to throne became Buddhist. Bindusara was born before his father ever became Emperor so the below legend is definitely not true.

 Ashoka’s daughter was married in 265 BC and his son Kunala was 18 years of age in 269 BC which means that even the princes married early, Ashoka was born 310 BC and Bindusara around 330 BC. Bindusara means one who encompasses all that is need to be known.

Later on, Ajivikism which was the official religion of the empire since the Kalinga War (261 BC) and for 14 years afterwards, declined and merged into traditional Hinduism. What has been left is a mixture of conflicting Buddhist and Jaina legends which are rejected by Sinhalese chronicles.

According to a legend which is a later jaina invention, while Chanakya served as the chief administrator of Chandragupta Maurya, he started adding small amounts of poison in Chandragupta’s food so that he would get used to it. The aim of this was to prevent the Emperor from being poisoned by enemies. One day the queen, Durdha, shared the food with the Emperor while she was pregnant. Since she was not used to eating poisoned food, she died. Chanakya decided that the baby should not die; hence he cut open the belly of the queen and took out the baby. A drop (bindu in Sanskrit) of poison had passed to the baby’s head, and hence Chanakya named him Bindusara. Bindusara would go on to become a great king and to father the greatest Mauryan Emperor since Chandragupta – Asoka.

When Bindusara became a youth, Chandragupta gave up the throne and followed the Jain saint Bhadrabahu to present day Karnataka and settled in a place known as Shravana Belagola. He lived as an ascetic for some years and died of voluntary starvation according to Jain tradition.

Chanakya meanwhile stayed as the administrator of Bindusara. Bindusara also had a minister named Subandhu who did not like Chanakya. One day he told Bindusara that Chanakya was responsible for the murder of his mother. Bindusara asked the nurses who confirmed this story and he became very angry with Chanakya.

It is said that Chanakya, on hearing that the Emperor was angry with him, thought that anyway he was at the end of his life. He donated all his wealth to the poor, widows and orphans and sat on a dung heap, prepared to die by total abstinence from food and drink. Bindusara meanwhile heard the full story of his birth from the nurses and rushed to beg forgiveness of Chanakya. But Chanakya would not change his mind. Bindusara went back and vented his fury on Subandhu, and killed him.

Chanakya after this incident, renounced food and shortly died thereafter. Bindusara revered Chanakya and the loss of his advisor was a considerable blow to him.

119 thoughts on “The Death of Chanakya : By the son of Chandragupta

  1. KARAN says:

    DEAR SIR
    I LIKE THIS SO MUCH AS IT SHOW A COMBINATION OF TRUTH AND DUTY OF A PERSON AND HEIGHT OF HIS VIRTUE AT THE END OF LIFE.
    THANKS

  2. anonymous says:

    If you are interested in Maurya Empire and Chanakya i would suggest you take a look at Television Serial named as Chandragupt Maurya by Sagar arts .
    Imagine TV on Friday and Saturday at 9 PM .

  3. neha says:

    For the very first time it happened that i read a history part and i didn’t feel bore…………thanx for upgrading my knowledge…….

  4. Abhishek says:

    Its realy a wonderful story of chanakya..i did’nt knw about him in deep bt through this i catch al d details easily

  5. VIVEK KUMAR says:

    I SO ENJOY TO KNOW THIS, BUT I AM NOT SO HAPPY BECAUSE I DID NOT KNOW THE NAME OF CHANDERGUPTA’S FATHER.

  6. MK says:

    @anonymous : Please do not consider everything to be truth shown on television serials:) ….. Read actual history books and papers for details !

  7. alok singh says:

    sir mai 1 bat se bahut hi confused hu ki ye jo bindusar maharaj hai wo kiske putra hai koi kahata hai ki wo durdhara ke larake hai to kahi maine para hai ki durdhar mar gai jab wo chandragupt ke sath food share kar ke khaya tha or us samay bindusar ka janm nahi hua tha.

  8. annoyzview says:

    I think you have missed the story at one point. Chanakya had given up all his possessions that’s right. He went into a forest and started his fast sitting a heap of dung. When Bindusara heard the real story he did not kill Subandhu rather he asked him seek forgiveness from Chanakya. Subandhu set out to meet Chanakya. Subandhu hated Chanakya and in secret wanted to destroy him. When Subandhu met Chanakya he slid a piece of burning charcoal into the pit. Strong breeze made the place catch fire. It seems that Subandhu requested to go alone to meet Chanakya, so there was no one else to view his crime. Soon the place burned down killing Chanakya.

  9. Navin says:

    You can also watch a an older version of doordarshan called chanakya on you tube, which is really very excellent.

  10. Navin says:

    it was not easy for a idiot like subhandhu to kill chanakya, this story is simply fabricated, and there is no truth.

  11. ASHISH J. DUTT says:

    THIS IS SUCH A NICE HISTORY OF OUR GREAT NATION INDIA WHICH WILL NEVER KNOWN BY ME OR ANYOTHER FROM ANY SOURCES THANKYOU

  12. Ankur Jain says:

    According to history chanakya was too smart,intelligent and…..etc etc..
    I dunno but subhandu cant kill chanakya….to kill chanakya ws nt his cup of tea..!!
    so plzz..
    I want to no d real fact…
    plz update d original newz…

  13. chetan says:

    Chanakya truly a great personality and a role model to many, if his saying can be utilised our nation can still taste his success but some one should stand by it…..our nation is riden with any moment death politicians, who most of them are illitrates and dnt even hold atleast any degree, they know they cant stand by a educated person and they will not allow any educated politicians to get into politics…..and chanakya was succuessful because of the kind of immense knowledge and education he possesed about everything… to me he is the greatest of all (Bow to him). Get into politics and change things.

  14. I.S.DATTA says:

    There are no references to Chanakya in Greek history and literature. Megasthenes, the ambassador of Greeks was in court of Chandragup Maurya for a decade, and who has written much about Chandragupt and others, do not mentions Chanakya. This suggests that Chanakya was not existing at the time of Chandragupt Maurya and was probably created by some people in later period.

    Chandragupt Maurya was clever enough to plan and execute his ambitions, and he didn’t need any Godfather to teach him. But the content of Mudra Rakshas clearly indicates that the drama was written to attach importance to Chanakya and give secondary place to Emperor Chandragupt. Indian history is full of such things

  15. Bishal Trnz Paul says:

    This is a sad story,
    but i liked it.
    And thanks for this information.
    I was searching here and there…
    THANK YOU!!!! ^_^

  16. Dr Racchana says:

    The history is so interesting to know and learn from mistakes of past. The only thing is which version of history shall we consider authentic because the end of Chanakya given here is quite different from elsewhere, where it is mentioned that Subandhu killed Chanakya under the false pretext of going for reconciliation on Bindusaras behalf. So which one is true?

  17. admin says:

    Chandra gupta maurya is different from Chandra gupta gupta. The period 280-320 BC is to do with with Gupta and NOT maurya. That is why Megesthenes did not mention either Buddhism or chanakya.

  18. Chaitanya says:

    Hi,

    Can you tell me what happened to AMATYA RAKCHASH when dhananand died. Was he appointed as the minister of Chandragupta after he took over Magadh by defeating Dhananand.

  19. SRISHTY MEHTA says:

    U are saying that subandhu told bindusar that chanakya was responsible for his mother but television show ashoka (colors) is showing that lady helen told this to bindusar please tell the truth….

  20. Anand says:

    The program asoka which is telecast on the colors TV is showing false… I think this program should be banned….

  21. Ain Satyam says:

    Can you please quote the original source/s of the article from which you have collected the above material. I mean in which ancient author’s book was this written, which person got it translated and when?

  22. Reetika says:

    I want to how chanakya died???
    If u want to know more see Ashoka on colours channel at 9:00 u will understand a lot….

  23. alok jain says:

    acharya chankya aur samrat ashoka ka rista kasa tha aur acharya chankya ke samana ashoka samarat banchuka tha kya esa ka bara ma mujhe hindi ma janakare da plz

  24. ABHIJEET KUMAR says:

    I LIKE SERIAL ASHOKA SAMARAT IT IS MOST INTRESTING SERIAL I WATCH EVEREDAY ASHOKA SAMARAT SERIAL ON CLOURS CHANEEL YOU ALSO WATCH ASHOKA

  25. Sk singhal says:

    I do not tHink this story is true. Chankya after making mudra rakshash as maha amatya or PM of Magadh, left for takshila and taught there till his death.

    Any story perhaps is due to different version in various historical books

  26. SK NAYAK says:

    View “Chakravarty Ashok Samrat” on Colors only on Entertainment purpose. It is a good serial. Every member of a family can see it together.TV Channels are meant only for viewership.
    Do not co-relate with History of Samrat Ashok. You will be confused.

  27. Bhavna says:

    Really Chandragupta Maurya and Ashoka was the great King..
    Watch Chandragupta Maurya on net.. And Ashoka on colors at 9 pm…

  28. Bhavna says:

    And Chanakya was the very grate man.. Really he was awesome and his knowledge is very great..
    If you will watch both the serials you will definitely go crazy for him..

  29. Nikhil Karnad says:

    in the serial Ashoka there is a lot of fiction. Fiction has to be there, & cant be avoided But the dramatisation is a bit too much. Chanakya was very well educated in all forms of education and warfare, was very smart & well ahead of all at that point of time. In the serial Ashok Samrat he has been shown to commit mistakes, so silly that even a dimwitted person would not do.The “SPARDHAA” the Mahaa yodhaa was so SHABBILY done . It showed that the director or the script writer knew nothing about sports or any “SPARDHAA”. I have read three books on Samrat Ashoka out of which one was based on the research & findings —-I m waiting to see how is Ashok portrayed later in the serial.

  30. Bhavna says:

    Yes that is acceptable..
    but what should he do.. if he don’t do like this serial will finished very soon..

  31. anonymous says:

    Gyss nw i m really confused ….i don’t think that watching any of those serials wud help us to find out our magical history ….it’s just for entertainment purposes… Even reading books n all may also kinda confuse us….but those r the only way outt….!!!to know the truth we reallly need to do a lot of homewrk ….these daily serels cn jst mke us aware about their lifestyle…..evry 1 is curious to knw abt their past and this is what helps them out…!!! Thanq..:-)

  32. Narinder Jeet Singh says:

    It’s very interesting. I want to know as to how Samrat Bindusaar died. Was it a natural death or was he killed under some vicious plot of his step mother Helena?

  33. ritesh says:

    I m loving the serial on colors… Samrat ashoka…. My fav characters are chankya radhagupt ashoka and bindusar… This serial gves so much of knowledge and ethics as well.

  34. pawan says:

    Really every one is crazy about chankya,radhagupta,bindusar,ashoka……i have lots of question in my mind…who killed bindusar.how devi dharma and bindusar will meet.how to chanakya dead.how to ashoka made a king.

  35. Anubhav Sangwan says:

    I agree
    But the serial Ashoka Seems To be Fiction
    Seems that directors knows nothing

  36. Satish..." says:

    Historical serials should be closest to history and should not be dragged making interesting just for TRP and confusing the audience with History of India, rather the channel Colors should declare that the facts are derived from which Historical Book, as it was done by Ramanand Sagar in his religious serial.

  37. chetna says:

    jb se maine chandragupta maurya serial dekha hai mai to chanakya ki fan ho gye hu. He is a great person. isi serial k karan muje history ka b pta chla. is serial k full episode upload nhi hai youtube pe sir plz sare serial upload kr do plzzzzz.

  38. Jay Verma says:

    It seems that Subandhu mentioned as the cause of Acharya Chanakya’s death is Maha Amatya Khalnatak presently shown in Chakravarty Samrat Ashoka TV episode on Colors. Does it sound correct please comment.

    Very Unfortunately India never had another Acharya Chanakya who could keep the India all together otherwise we would never had been stamped of 200 years of British slavery.

  39. harshal khalane says:

    #the story is with lot of suspence in the story i think that no one will born like chanakya on earth…who had secrifieses all her life for the matrabhumi and saved it from the family conspirators …………thank to getting me about the end of chankya life…….#

  40. ashutosh thakare says:

    Interesting story
    Chanakya was the great potter who created Chandragupta named precious pot
    They both were the diamonds of india

  41. MRIDULA says:

    i really like to get informations about ashoka and his relatives, this website has true information i like it very much

  42. Gargi Dave says:

    My dear friends,
    I am an writer who is writing a book on chanakya . It’s a sad fact that on this great personality there is two books published for his life both are different but by my research I think so that Sabandhu cannot do this so he would have taken the help of Bindusara and announced Chanakya a death sentence but that is also Chanakya at that time too he said that who are you to announce me a death sentence? I wanted my mother land to be free from all the nanda and foreign invaders I have done that so I will now burn myself alive but won’t die from any one else and it was his dream that his mother land should be more beautiful than heaven and for that he has to do anything either from right path or cheating some people said chanakya that you will go to hell but he told yes but before that I want my mother land to be united and beautiful more than heaven .His last words was Now I have to go because hell is waiting for me with a smile on his face because he had done that he wanted.

  43. Subhash Kumar says:

    I have seen Chandragupta Maurya serial by downloading via Tubemate which have come on Imagine TV in 2011 . But problem is that. there is only 108 episodes only.. and that is not complete the story… so plz suggest me… where from I can get other episodes of that serial…
    I will wait for your rply…

  44. Lokesh says:

    Reply to Subhash kumar
    There is only 108 episode available because after 108 episodes the imagine tv was shutdown. All on going shows was stopped from airing. Unfortunately the show ended there only.
    And the story of chankayas death written above is not seems true if we compare it with colors tv show ashoka

  45. Shagnick says:

    I loved it sooooooooo much
    I was shocked by the heading that”the son of chandragupta maurya killed chanakya ”
    Then I understood by reading the paragraph

  46. Sachin Vidhuri says:

    I liked The Great Ashoka, i watch daily it on colors channel 9:00 pm, in this serial all the character are very good actor and give the best performance.
    Ashoka was a really great emperor for India. he did very hard struggle for the nation. that time very typically work. because many enemy around him and not want to Ashoka sit on the chair of The great Chandergupt Morya, but Ashoka was a courageous and he prove himself in front of Chanakya. when chanakya saw first time of Ashoka, Chanakya was shocked, because the behave of Asoka same as Chandergupt morya,

    totally i am impressed of Ashoka

  47. Chirag Patel says:

    Hi as per today apisode it’s says Chanakya was killed by khanlaghat / Sushim / charumitra/ and raj mata , is this correct or just a fake ??

  48. Mr Dagar says:

    Chankya the great man of indian history. Sacrificed his life in serving the nation n his beliefs of akhand Bharat…great

  49. satyapaul says:

    I have gone through all the comments which are all nice. I think History should be taught in school for some period to give new citizens a glance

  50. shubham singh rana says:

    But in tv daily soap “Ashoka” they are showing something else. As chanakya is died in the show

  51. SAMIR Padhi says:

    Kindly quote your source of information. The history given about Chanakya by Meghasthenes will be obviously not true, as Greeks saw him as their sworn enemy, and no Caucasian historien will ever glorify an native person, however brilliant he may be..

  52. Prayas Chaudhary says:

    grand salute to AACHARYA CHANAKYA, he could not die as colors TV show ASHOKA dislay it. It is completely different from the history

  53. ajay says:

    The story showing on color TV is nice but I’m confused with the death of chankya.he can’t die like this in the middle.
    Kindly tell me the truth of death of chankya.

  54. Anisha gupta says:

    All history is here if you like to see the history of chandragupt morya u all should see ashoka serial on colours at 9:00-9:30

  55. Ajay Sharma says:

    As per smart ashoka on colour TV chanakyas death is fake and banned this serial. Because ithass ko badla nahi ja sakta.

  56. sudhi says:

    i think the serial of ashoka in color is totally false. bec no body knows how chanakya died. in serial chanakya was killed by bindusara wif, children and kalkatt.

  57. satpal singh. says:

    A saw the tv serial “ashoka” on colour tv.in this serial death of chankya is diffrent way.it is very bad that our director/producer are changing indian history only personal interest and beneifets.people should woke up.

  58. Biraju Prasad says:

    A Great Chanakya was himself a kingdom,a culture & a tradition. Something can be learnt from him in post modern days.

  59. H S JALWAN says:

    These stories are not believable at all . Each story is contradictory with each other . If someone is watching the serial Samrat Ashok , he will tell how Chanakya was killed by a group of Bindusar`s family members , his wife , his step grand mother , his one advisor Mahamatya , his two sons . After almost killing they finally burnt the hut and the body was saved by Ashok and was taken to Rajmahal . So far it is just a mystry for Bindusar and Ashok that who killed Chankya . These stories are made just for the enjoyment and taste of the public . Only God knows what is reality . No one knows the reality . Every one knows the the event managers of this country who had been writing the history of India were themselves were not reliable and total untrustworthy . They have been making Indian public fool . Just see the serials and enjoy . It has nothing to do with reality .

  60. Arun says:

    First of all a big salute to Colors channel for broadcasting such a wonderful serial. “Chakravarthin Ashok Samrat”.
    All the Artists have done justice to their roles. Siddharth Nigam hats off to you!! The main centre of Attraction as Ashok!
    Acharya Chankya ! Creating a respect in every viewers heart!!
    Guyz whatever the story is as per history, the serial unit has not created any objectionable content. They have created a sense of curiosity in us, which is to be appreciated.
    Adam Smith was considered as Father of Economics. He wrote a book ” An Enquiry into the nature and causes of wealth in 1776, but Acharya Chanakya had already written Artha shastra (Economics) way back before he died in 283 BC as per the information given above. We should be proud for being Indians. There are so many heroes out there whose stories are untold, just like Maharana Pratap, Prithvi Raj and all the great heroes from North to South down the line.
    Hit like if you are reading this comment now!😉

  61. Gaurang Katyayan misra says:

    but in the present day;s TV serial on COLORS channel the ckakravrtin Samarat Ashoka it is shown that chanakya was killed by the Amatya Khalnatak and the queen, her son shseem and the queen mother Helena the duather of selucas…. after that they have shown that the place was burnt in fire… thus there is a mix of facts….

  62. Subhash Kumar says:

    Chankya was murdered in a group By. Susim( Bindusara’s Son ) ; queen Charumitra ( Bindusara’s wife ) Queen mother Helana ( Bindusara’s step mother ) ; Aamatya khalltak And Siyamak ( Bindusara’s Son )
    They all were Killed to Chankya…
    Its factual ….

  63. NO says:

    YOU SUBHASH KUMAR UNCLE R U MAAD WE ALSO WATCH SERIALS DONT TEACH US IT WAS THODA PURANA EPISODE IVE ALREADY POSTED A COMMENT THAT TIME ITSELF POPAT……………………………………… AND I DID NOT FIND THIS USEFUL AT ALL ACTUALLY
    ITS VERY YUKKIE

  64. Sankalp says:

    Chankya was murdered in a group By. Susim Maurya( Bindusara Maurya’s Son ) ; queen Charumitra Maurya( Bindusara Maurya’s wife ) Queen mother Helana ( Bindusara Maurya’s step mother ) ; Aamatya khalltak And Siamak Maurya( Justin Maurya’s Son )
    They all were Killed to Chankya…
    Its factual ….

  65. Mukund Reddy Mamidi says:

    Now I feel , that India needs a person like AACHAARYA CHANAKYA , to save the NATION from the present day dirty political leaders

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