Queen Nandini – Queen Niadrus – Chandravansham Nandini – First wife of Chandragupta Maurya – Daughter of Dhanananda – Princess of Chandravanshi Clan and Nanda Dynasty – 337 BC – 265 BC

Queen Chandra Nandini or ‘Niadrus’ is considered as the princess of Chandravanshi Clan Nanda Dynasty and daughter of Nanda Dynasty. Queen Nandini was one of the three daughters of Dhanananda, the ruler of the Great Nanda Dynasty which ruled Northern India around 322 BC.

According to reference in Jain Literatures Queen Nandini was married to Chandragupta Maurya as a war compensation and Dhanananda was sent to exile in the forest, became a Jain Monk.

According to Megasthenes reference from Indika (greek: Indica) Niadrus was an exceptionally warrior and a great leader. Niadrus was the eldest of all descendants of Dhanananda. Niadrus was also the advisor of militia and an able army commander. Niadrus had a fleet of 2000 Elephants and 4000 Chariots.

Queen Nandini Maurya- Niadrus- First Wife of Chandragupta Maurya

Queen Nandini Maurya – Niadrus- First Wife of Chandragupta Maurya

Queen Nandini – Queen Niadrus – or Chandravansham Nandini – Treaty of Marriage with Chandragupta Maurya

Around 323 BC, Chandragupta Maurya was looking for support to fight against Alexander. Chandragupta got support from Parvateshwar (Porus), ruler of Punjab. But, ruler Dhanananda did not support Chandragupta and ridiculed him. This got Chandragupta Maurya to prepare and overthrow the Nanda Dynasty. Chandragupta had a great clash with Nandini. The 4-day war ended with a treaty as Nandini agreed to marry Chandragupta Maurya in a pardon for Dhanananda’s Life, who was under 2-month old captivity of Mauryans.

Queen Nandini – Queen Niadrus – or Chandravansham Nandini – Jealousy with Greek Wife of Chandragupta Maurya – Durdhara

Around 322 BC, after the death of Alexander the Great, Greeks had started retreating from Asia leaving behind a bunch of Indo-Greek Kingdoms, one of kingdoms being ruled by Seleucus I Nicator, a Macedonian satrap of Alexander. Seleucus I Nicator involved himself in a peace treaty with Maurya Dynasty and married his daughter Helena (or Diodora or Durdhara) with Chandragupta Maurya. Chandragupta Maurya favoured his Greek wife over his first wife Nandini. Nandini who was already let down by Chandragupta Maurya overthrowing her father Dhanananda from the thrown was now furious.

Queen Nandini – Conversion to Jainism and Later Life

It is depicted that Niadrus (or Nandini) poisoned Durdhara which caused her death. Nandini was prisoned by Chandragupta Maurya and was later pardoned in her older age. Nandini also converted to a Jain Aryika in later life.

20 Comments

  1. Nice but the story is still confusing

    • Nagamaniputra JAYADEV says:

      I know why you are confuesd my Friend .. that Ekata kapoor .. produced CHANDRA NANDINI serial is only for TRP ratings … She made entire story as wrong one … in the serial .. nandini was shown as MAHAPADMA NANDA’s DAUGHTEr but actually .. a woman named NANDINI is the DAUGHTER OF DHANANANDA ….

      • Its very complicated seriously whole story was full in worng direction huh …atleast tell the truth
        Btw thanks for sharing this i like this serial n i am very confused about the double role of nandi

  2. Durdhara was not Helena and Helena was Chandragupta Maurya’s first wife, Durdhara his second wife and Nandini his third wife . The poison was meant for Chandragupta which Durdhara had accidentally after giving birth to Bindusara and died.

  3. Un chandra nandini serial showing all duplicate and lie story ….ekata kapur produced this story wrong.but chandra hav two wives but in this serial showing 3 wives

  4. Serial chandranandini is insulting history showing wrong things and creating confusion. Chandragupta had two wives and There was nothing like nandini and love story.

  5. I wish i get the real and exact story…

    • Chandragupta Maurya married Helena first to overthrow the Greek. Durdhara was the daughter of Dhananand( whom Chandra defeated). The Nanda Clan was started by Mahapadmananda who was indeed a barber and killed the then king and became the ruler. Dhananand was one of his sons. Now, Durdhara was also called Nandini- meaning the daughter of Nanda or the princess of Nanda dynasty. After defeating Dhanananda, Chandra married Nandini. Chandragupta was given food with administered, small dosages of poison every day to make him immune as ordered by Chanakya. Nandini being unaware of this, ate from his plate and died immediately. Chanakya though reached in time and cut open her womb to save the unborn baby from being poisoned too.

  6. reena thorecha says:

    My mother is liking the ekta serial chandra nandini. Even i searched wikipidea but ended up confused. I do want to know that whether nandini existed or not.

  7. Interesting story but even if this is all true, it is hard to believe that all the plotting was going on against abandoning and no one or at least Chandra was not aware of this.
    I thought Jhansi ki Rani was a better story,….. at least it encouraged women how to be strong in difficult times and what women can do with her own will power…
    It was very worthwhile whilst this story doesn’t seem to be any useful for the Benicia of humanity… instead confusing so far….

  8. Is nandini really chandragupt maurya’s wife?

  9. I don’t like when people spoil the reality just for TRP and showing wrong stories about legends bcoz people who don’t know the reality of these legends they believe in that what TV serials are showing. I personally like the serial Chandra-Nandini but not as to believe it.

    The other issue about the duplicate nandini is really getting tasteless now as such a smart king is just confused but not curious about his Queen’s weird behaviour to follow her and find out the reasons no handwriting matches of latters which is accepted as nandini wrote to XYZ no trace of her nails mystery etc.

  10. Krishna Pandit says:

    It is not real story but I like this serial . Ekta kapoor made this serial very beautifuly . It make me emotional . So ,I become a big fan of this serial .

  11. Krishna Pandit says:

    It is love story of Chandragupta and Nandini . So ,I like it very much. Nandini is my favorite actress. I watch this show everyday. Because I like it more than other serials .

  12. Too much of enemies for poor nandini especially Rupa character is disgusting.

  13. If my son failed in history exam.due to wrong interpretation, I will sue Ekta Kapoor in appropriate court. The time has come to prevent such things only to earn TRP.

  14. Ekta maiya mocking on history by making this stupid show ‘which copy from other shows typical saas bahu drama ‘if she wants to make fiction show than spare a great warrior cgm & his wise guru charankya names in this flop show

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