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Chandergupta, the first Mauryan king and truly a conqueror, was a son of the Potohar and a prince of Taxila, who having defeated the Greek satrap in the Khyber mountains around 303 B.C. was crowned King at Taxila. It was from here that he assembled an army largely constituted from the frontier hill tribes and those from the river valleys that he marched into the Gangetic plains, defeated the Hindu Nanda ruler and established his empire in Magadha (present Bihar). He was not a Gangetic Indian, nor a Brahmin and his conquest of the seat of power in heartland India was indeed, after Alexander, the first invasion from the north-west. Ashoka was his grandson and inherited Chandergupta?s empire on the north-west (much of it including portion of upper Kabul valleys were ceded by the Greek satrap after his defeat and was never conquered by Ashoka). Ashoka?s edicts in the north-western region of Mauryan empire reveal his continuing affection and link with people of this region whom he always regarded as his own.