Bindusara was the second Mauryan emperor and the son of Chandragupta Maurya. Bindusara ascended the throne in 297 BC. He acquired a large empire including north, central and east India and also the parts of Afghanistan and Baluchistan. The king expanded this empire to the southern part of India up to Karnataka. About 16 states were brought under the Mauryan Empire. He thus conquered almost the entire Indian peninsula. Kalinga (the modern Orissa) was the only kingdom in India which did not form part of Bindusara's empire. It was later conquered by his son Ashoka. Chanakya was the prime minister during his rule. Bindusara passed away in 272 BC and was succeeded by his son Ashoka.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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