|Publication Date||May 21, 2018|
After the death of Emperor Bindusara in 272 B.C Ashoka who had come to Pataliputra from Ujjain at the request of Radhagupta, the Chief Minister, was crowned king of Magadha after the death of his father.
What happened after this is not very clear. Perhaps, Susheema heard the news of his father ’s death and feared that Ashoka might be crowned King, he probably came from Taxila with a large army. He came prepared to fight if necessary. But, he was killed, even as he was attempting to gainan entrance
to the city.
There is a story that Ashoka had all his brothers killed for the sake of the kingdom. There is no historical basis for this story. Ashoka has spoken affectionately about his brothers in his rock inscriptions. The fifth day of the third month Jyestamasa, of the year 268 B.C. was the auspicious day on which Ashoka was crowned king. Pataliputra was gaily decorated.
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