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D-Dhana Nanda

Dhana Nanda was the last ruler of the Nanda dynasty.He was one of the nine sons of the Mahapadma Nanda After him the crown went to Chandragupta Maurya, the founder of a new and more illustrious dynasty. To Amass the treasure and maintain a huge force,the king had to resort to heavy taxation.

His conduct towards people bespoke his low origin.It is clear that the Dhana Nanda dynasty was very unpopular among the people and the neighboring states, few possible explanations of the unpopularity could be their varna,  Nanda Kings were said to be of shudra caste and the other reason being their financial extortion.It is therefore no wonder that he was "destested and held cheap by hissubjects".
The people of his kingdom feared him so much that they began taking refugee far away from his kingdom in caves and under trees.

The disaffected element found a new leader on Chandragupta who overthrew the nanda dynasty, and laid the foundation of the Mauryas. The exact circumstances surroundi…

C-Chandra Gupta I


       The first Chandra Gupta of the new line, through the third member of his dynasty to be mentioned in inscriptions, to be the founder of the Gupta Dynasty. Like the great Bimbisara he strengthened his position by a matrimonial alliance with the powerful family of lichchhavis then controlling portions of bihar and perhaps even nepal. The lichchhavi princess kumaradevi must have brought to her husband's family an enormous accession of power and prestige.
     Before the death of her husband the Gupta sway very probably extended to Allahabad,Oudh and south Bihar. It is believed that the Gupta are commencing from A>D 320 originated with the Chandra gupta I. An important act of this king was the holding of an assembly of councillors and the members of the royal family at which prince Samudra Gupta was formally nominated successor to the imperial throne of the Guptas.
  Chandragupta-I died in 335 A.D. and was succeeded by Samudragupta
NOTE: Chandra Gupta I not …


The Most remarkable king of the Magadha dynasty was Bimbisara, who was anoiinted the king by his father while yet a boy of fifteen.

       In the early Buddhist text we have a list of sixteen great nations that occupied the territory from the kabul valley to the banks of godhavari shortly before the raise of teh Buddhism. The names of these states are Anga(East Bihar), Magadha(South Bihar), kasi(Benaras), Kosala(oudh), Vriji(North Bihar), Malla(Gorakhpur district), Chedi(between jamuna and narmada), vatsa(Allahabad), kuru(Delhi and meerut districts), Panchala(Bareilly, Badaun and farrukhabad districts), and kamboja(south-west kashmir)

      The Magadha was one of the most prominent and prosperous of mahajanapadas. Its earliest capital was Girivraja or Rajagaha (modern Rajgir in Nalanda district of Bihar) Later on, Pataliputrabecame the capital of Magadha.. The other names for the city were Magadhapura, Brihadrathapura, Vasumati, Kushagrapura and Bimbisarapuri, named after the gr…

A- Ashoka

I am taking up the A-Z challenge of writing about the great kings of the world.


       The reign of Bindusara probably terminated in, or within a few years as of, 273 BC. Some four years later according to tradition his Successor was solemnly enthroned at patliputra and died after a reign of 36 years f 37 years, in or about 232 BC. The name of the new king was ASHOKA. He is, however, generally mentioned in his inscriptions as Devanampiya Priyadarsi.

       The kalinga war proved a turning point in the career of Ashoka and produced results of far-reaching consequences in the history of india and the whole of the eastern world.The sight of the whole misery and bloodshed in the Kalinga campaign smote the emperor's conscience and awakened his sincere feelings of repentance and sorrow. It made Asoka intensely devoted to the practice of Dharma the love of Dharma and the instruction of the people of dharma. It also led to a momentous change in the foreign policy.


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