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.


  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…

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