Tivala (born 3rd-century BC), also referred to as Tivara, was a son of Maurya Emperor Ashoka from his second queen, Karuvaki. He is the only son of Ashoka who is mentioned by name in his inscriptions, along with his mother, in the Queen Edict.[1]

Prince of Mauryan Empire
Born3rd century BC
Patliputra, Mauryan Empire (adjacent to present-day Patna, Bihar, India)
IssueDasharatha Maurya

Tivala is the only son of Ashoka whose existence is attested by historical evidence and who was a possible successor to his father.[2] However, it seems that Tivala may have predeceased Ashoka and thus could not succeed him as Emperor. Tivala is also considered to have been a favourite child of his aging father.[3]


  1. ^ S. N. Sen (1999). Ancient Indian History And Civilization. New Age International. p. 151. ISBN 8122411983.
  2. ^ Thapar, Romila (1973). Aśoka and the decline of the Mauryas. Oxford University Press. p. 185.
  3. ^ Arthur Smith, Vincent (1998). Ashoka: The Buddhist Emperor of India. Asian Educational Services. p. 220. ISBN 8120613031.