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Prince of the Maurya Empire
House Mauryan dynasty
Father Ashoka
Mother Karuvaki
Born 3rd Century BC
Possibly Pataliputra, India
Religion Buddhism

Tivala Maurya (born 3rd-century BC), also referred to as Tivara, was an imperial prince of the Maurya Empire as the second son of Emperor Ashoka and his Empress consort Karuvaki. He is the only son of Ashoka who is mentioned in his inscriptions, along with his mother, in the Queen Edict.[1]

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 father.[3]

He also served as the Viceroy of Takshila during the reign of his father.[4]


  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. 
  4. ^ Beni Madhab Barua (1969). Ashoka and his inscriptions. New Age Publishers. p. 61.