|Empress consort of the Maurya Empire|
Subhadrangi (also known as Dharma or Janapadakalyani) was, according to Buddhist sources, a wife of the Mauryan emperor, Bindusara and the mother of his successor, Ashoka. The Ashokavadana states that Subhadrangi was the daughter of a Brahmin from the city of Champa. The legends state that palace politics kept her away from Bindusara and when she finally gained access to him and bore him a son, she is said to have exclaimed, "I am now without sorrow", which led to the child being named Ashoka. The name of her second son, Vitashoka (meaning sorrow terminated) has a similar provenance.:332
In popular culture
- Subhadrangi's role is played by Pallavi Subhash in the TV series, Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat
- She was portrayed by Subhashini Ali in the 2001 film Aśoka.
- She was portrayed by Prerna Sharma in the 2016 TV Chandra Nandini
- Singh, Upinder (2008). A history of ancient and early medieval India : from the Stone Age to the 12th century. New Delhi: Pearson Education. pp. 321–332. ISBN 9788131711200. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
- Thapar, Romila (1961). Aśoka and the decline of the Mauryas (2nd ed.). New Delhi: Oxford University Press. p. 21. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
- Playing onscreen mother was a challenge: Pallavi Subhash, IBN Live, 31 January 2015
- http://khabare.com/entertainment/exclusive-prerna-sharma-cast-opposite-siddharth-nigam-in-chandra-nandini Missing or empty
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