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Chandragupta Maurya

Maurya emperor
Modern statue of Chandragupta Maurya at Birla Temple, Delhi

Chandragupta Maurya was the first emperor of the Maurya Empire. He defeated the Nandas and founded this empire in 324 BC.

Chandragupta Maurya also defeated Seleucus I Nicator, one of the successful satrapies of Alexander the Great. He was the ruler until 297 BC. He became a Jain monk and died at Shravanabelagola of Karnataka in the same year.