King Chandragupta Maurya Converts to Jainism

The first emperor of India, King Chandragupta Maurya converted to Jainism following his Indian conquest and reigned from 321 to 297 BCE. Chandragupta became a pious discipline of Jainism by adopting a strenuously ascetic life then abdicated the throne during India’s famine and chose suicide by starvation as per Jaina custom.

      297 BCE
      Chandragupta Maurya
      King, Emperor

Additional Information:

  • History of Jainism – Wikipedia
    The Maurya dynasty started by Chandragupta has had a historic role on Indian religions. Ashoka (273–232 BCE), the grandson of Chandragupta was inspired by Buddhist ideologies. … Ashoka’s grandson Samprati (c. 224–215 BCE), is said to have converted into Jainism by a Jain monk named Suhasti according to the tradition.
  • Chandragupta Maurya – the greatest ruler in Indian history | My India
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  • Chandragupta Maurya – Wikipedia
    Chandragupta Maurya (reign: c. 321 – c. 297 BCE) was the founder of the Maurya Empire in ancient India. … Chandragupta built one of the largest empires ever on the Indian subcontinent. According to Jain sources, he then renounced it all, and became a monk in the Jain tradition.
  • Jainism – Conservapedia
    Jan 30, 2019 – Chandragupta Maurya, the founder of the Mauryan Empire was unusual … He was the first emperor of India to be converted to Jainism and was …
  • Jainism Articles and Essays: Chandragupta Maurya
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