With the change in
strategy, Chanakya and Chandragupta began the attack on the borders of the Magadha Empire.
Again there were mistakes. The troops were not stationed in the areas conquered. So when
they marched forward, the people of the conquered areas joined together again and
encircled their army. Thus those who had been defeated had to be fought again and again.
Chandragupta and Chanakya learnt lessons from these mistakes. They now stationed troops
in the conquered regions so those enemies would not rise and cause any trouble. Chanakya
with his cleverness had earlier won the friendship of King Parvataka (or Porus Second).
Now Parvataka, his brother Vairochaka and son Malayaketu came with their armies to help
The Nanda king had the support of a big army. The other equally important support was
the guidance of his very able minister, Amatya Rakshasa. This minister was very
intelligent and had unlimited loyalty to the king. Chanakya knew that defeating Amatya
Rakshasa was as important and necessary as vanquishing Nanda's army.
Chanakya told his friend Indusharma, "My dear friend, you must disguise yourself
and be in the company of Amatya Rakshasa. Pretend to be a friend and be his astrologer.
Change your name to Jeevasiddhi. Keep me informed of all developments there through your
disciples very carefully. Your help is very necessary for me to destroy the Nandas. And be
So he sent Indusharma to Amatya Rakshasa. Disciples of Indusharma- Vegasharma,
Siddhartha and Masopavasi also took up jobs under Amatya Rakshasa and under army officers.
The Nandas and Amatya Rakshasa made all preparations to face the attack of Chandragupta
Details are not clearly known regarding the war between the Nandas on the one hand and
Chandragupta and Chanakya on the other. But it was a keen and bitter fight. The Nanda king
died. His sons and relatives also died.Even Amatya Rakshasa became helpless. Chandragupta
was victorious. The only survivor was Sarvartha- siddhi, the father of the Nandas. He was
very old. "I do not want anything. I will go to the forest for meditation. Please
permit me," he begged. Chanakya and Chandragupta agreed.
The old king and his wife retired to the forests. It is said that after some days
Chanakya had the old king and his wife killed, because he thought that it Amatya Rakshasa
made them take a son by the rites of adoption, then there would be claimants to the
throne: he wanted that the lineage of the Nandas should be totally eliminated.