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Shalishuka Maurya
Mauryan Empire. temp. Salisuka or later. Circa 207-194 BC.jpg
Coin of Emperor Salisuka, or later. Circa 207-194 BCE.[1]
6th Mauryan emperor
Reign c. 215 – c. 202 BCE
Predecessor Samprati
Successor Devavarman
Full name
Shalishuka Maurya
Dynasty Maurya
Religion Jainism[citation needed]

Shalishuka (IAST: Śāliśuka) Maurya was a ruler of the Indian Maurya dynasty.[2] He ruled from 215–202 BCE. He was the successor of Samprati Maurya. While the Yuga Purana section of the Gargi Samhita mentions him as a quarrelsome, unrighteous ruler, he is also noted as being of "righteous words" but "unrighteous conduct" due to his patronage of Jainism.[3]

  1. In that beautiful Puṣpapura, occupied by fewer than a hundred kings, there will be Śāliśūka, born for the destruction of the truth, the offspring of karma (Fate).
  2. That king, the offspring of karma, cheerful-minded [yet] fond of conflict, [will be] an oppressor of his own kingdom, of righteous speech but unrighteous conduct;
— Yuga Purana[4]

According to the Puranas he was succeeded by Devavarman.[5]

Preceded by
Maurya Emperor
215–202 BCE
Succeeded by


  1. ^ CNG Coins [1]
  2. ^ Sircar, D. C. (April 1963). "The Account of the Yavanas in the Yuga-Purāṇa". Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland. 95 (1-2): 7. doi:10.1017/S0035869X00121379. JSTOR 25202591. (Subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ Raychaudhuri, H.C. (1972) Political History of Ancient India, Calcutta: University of Calcutta, pp.312-3n.
  4. ^ The Yuga Purana. Translated by Mitchiner, John E. Calcutta: The Asiatic Society. 1986. p. 91. 
  5. ^ Thapar, Romila (2001). Aśoka and the Decline of the Mauryas, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-564445-X, p.183