Amatya and Chanakya, face to
face with each other! Two who fought each other for long period with obstinacy, each
equally loyal to one side! And the life of Amatya was now in the hands of Chanakya!
Chanakya got down from his seat, and walked towards Amatya. He spoke to him with great
Amatya Rakshasa was amazed. He thought within himself, 'What brilliance there is on the
face of this great man! And a sage with renunciation, and with such wealth of wisdom!'
Chanakya offered him a seat, and then asked, "Amatya, don't you wish that your
good friend Chandanadasa should live?"
"Certainly," replied Rakshasa. "He is more than a friend. He is my
life." his voice was choked.
"Then you have to do something. There is one condition," said Chanakya, in a
Rakshasa was surprised and also apprehensive. What would Chanakya say further?
"All right," he replied.
And Chanakya told him - "You must agree to be the Prime Minister in the Empire of
Chandragupta. You must, day and night, work for the welfare of the realm."
Rakshasa could not believe his own ears. He said, "What? I must be Chandragupta's
Prime Minister! ?"
And Amatya Rakshasa accepted the high post of Prime Minister of the Maurya Empire with
a full heart.
The next day the coronation of Chandragupta took place according to rituals.
Chanakya's vow was fulfilled. And also the kingdom of Magadha had got a good king.
What happened too Chanakya later is not known with certainty. Some say that he
continued with Chandragupta and later with his son Bimbasara for some time as minister.
Some also say that after a few years Chandragupta became a Jain and then differences arose
between the two. It is also said that after Chandragupta's coronation he went away for
According to a few books of Jainism the Chandragupta came to Shravanabelugola along
with his Guru-Bhadrabhaus Bhattaraka and he took Sallekana vratha afterwards he ends his
life in Shravana- belugola - Karnataka. Regarding this point even Meghastanis 'India'
gives sufficient details.