Susima Maurya (also Sushima or Sushim) was a prince of the Maurya Empire and the eldest son and heir-apparent of the second Mauryan emperor Bindusara. He was next in line for his father's throne,[2] but was assassinated by his younger half-brother, Ashoka, who eventually succeeded Bindusara as the third Mauryan emperor.

Bornc. 305 BCE
Diedc. 270 BCE Age• 35
IssueNigrodha(Buddhist monk)[1]

Birth and familyEdit

Susima was the eldest son of the second Mauryan emperor Bindusara. Not only was Susima the crown prince, but also his mother was a princess as opposed to Ashoka's mother, Subhadrangi, who was a Brahmin’s daughter.[3]

Cultural depictionsEdit


  1. ^ CUP Archive (1955). Rapson, Edward James (ed.). The Cambridge History of India, Volume 1. p. 500.
  2. ^ Singh, Upinder (2009), A history of ancient and early medieval India : from the Stone Age to the 12th century (3rd impr. ed.), New Delhi: Pearson Longman, p. 331, ISBN 9788131716779
  3. ^ Gupta, Subhadra Sen (2009). "Taxila and Ujjaini". Ashoka. Penguin UK. ISBN 8184758073.