ASANDHIMITRA (d. 240 BCE) also known as ASANDHIMITTā, was the Chief
Queen (Agramahisi) of the
* 1 Lineage
* 2 Marriage to
Asandhimitra was probably the princess of a little kingdom in what is
MARRIAGE TO ASHOKA
Since Asandhimitra belonged to a royal family, she was considered to be a suitable wife for Prince Ashoka. Therefore, upon Ashoka's accession to the throne in 270 BCE, Asandhimitra became his first queen-consort and was additionally given the honourable title of agramahisi (chief queen). As such, she held many exclusive powers, prominent among which was the authority she had over all of Ashoka's lesser queens and concubines. Asandhimitra held the position of being her husband's chief consort for thirty years, from his accession in 270 BCE till her own death in 240 BCE. Furthermore, she was Ashoka's only wife who was of royal birth.
On Ashoka's accession it would be expected that he would marry a
princess of an appropriately high rank as his chief queen, which he
may well have done when he married Asandhimitra. Thus, while Ashoka's
secondary wives, such as Devi and
Karuvaki , lived in his harems
Asandhimitra was a faithful believer in the Sambuddha and was a pious
woman. She was Ashoka's devoted helper in his great efforts for the
advancement of the Buddhist faith. She is also said to have been a
trusted advisor and a faithful companion to her husband and is
described as having been his "beloved" and "dear" queen. This is
evidenced by the fact that
Four years after her death, when
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