Tag: Indian History

Akbar The Great

Akbar The Great

| September 23, 2012 | Reply

Emperor Akbar, also known as Akbar the Great or Jalaluddin Muhammad Akbar, was the third emperor of the Mughal Empire, after Babur and Humayun. He was the son of Nasiruddin Humayun and succeeded him as the emperor in the year 1556, when he was only 13 years old. One of the most successful emperors of […]

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Ashoka The Great (304BC–232 BC)

Ashoka The Great (304BC–232 BC)

| September 23, 2012 | Reply

Early life Ashoka was born to the Mauryan emperor Bindusara and his queen, Dharmā [or Dhammā]. He was the grandson of Chandragupta Maurya, founder of Mauryan dynasty. Ashokāvadāna states that his mother was a queen named Subhadrangī, the daughter of Champa of Telangana. Queen Subhadrangī was a Brahmin of the Ajivika sect. Sage Pilindavatsa (aias Janasana) was a kalupaga Brahmin of the Ajivika sect […]

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Bindusara (320 BC – 272 BC, Ruled 298 BC–272 BC)

Bindusara (320 BC – 272 BC, Ruled 298 BC–272 BC)

| September 23, 2012 | Reply

Bindusara was the second Mauryan emperor (320 BC – 272 BC, Ruled 298 BC–272 BC) after Chandragupta Maurya. During his reign, the empire expanded southwards. He had two well-known sons, Susima and Ashoka, who were the viceroys of Takshashila andUjjain. The Greeks called him Amitrochates or Allitrochades – the Greek transliteration for the Sanskrit word ‘Amitraghata’ (Slayer of enemies). He was also called ‘Ajatashatru’ (Man with no enemies) in Sanskrit (not to […]

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Maurya Empire (322 BC–185 BC)

Maurya Empire (322 BC–185 BC)

| September 23, 2012 | Reply

Maurya Empire (322 BC–185 BC) The Maurya Empire was a geographically extensive Iron Age historical power in ancient India, ruled by the Mauryan dynastyfrom 321 to 185 BC. Originating from the kingdom of Magadha in the Indo-Gangetic plains (modern Bihar, eastern Uttar Pradeshand Bengal) in the eastern side of the Indian subcontinent, the empire had its capital city at Pataliputra (modern Patna). The Empire was founded in 322 BC by Chandragupta Maurya, who had overthrown the Nanda […]

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Gupta Empire (320 CE–600s CE)

Gupta Empire (320 CE–600s CE)

| August 21, 2012 | Reply

Gupta Empire The Gupta Empire was an ancient Indian empire which existed from approximately 320 to 550 CE and covered much of the Indian Subcontinent. Founded by Maharaja Sri Gupta, the dynasty was the model of a classical civilisation. The peace and prosperity created under the leadership of the Guptas enabled the pursuit of scientific and artistic endeavors. This period is called the […]

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Kushan Empire (30-375)

Kushan Empire (30-375)

| August 21, 2012 | Reply

The Kushan Empire originally formed in the early 1st century AD under Kujula Kadphises in the territories of ancient Bactria around the Oxus River (Amu Darya), and later based near  Kabul, Afghanistan. “The Kushan Empire spread from the Kabul River Valley to defeat otherCentral Asian tribes that had previously conquered parts of the northern central Iranian Plateau once ruled by the Parthians.” During the 1st and early 2nd centuries […]

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Sunga Empire (185 BC- 75BC)

Sunga Empire (185 BC- 75BC)

| August 21, 2012 | Reply

Sunga Empire (185 BC- 75BC) The Sunga Empire or Shunga Empire was a Aryan dynasty from Magadha that controlled vast areas of the Indian Subcontinent from around 185 to 73 BCE. The dynasty was established by Pusyamitra Sunga, after the fall of theMaurya Empire. Its capital was Pataliputra, but later emperors such as Bhagabhadra also held court at Besnagar, modernVidisha in Eastern Malwa. Pushyamitra Sunga ruled for 36 years and was succeeded […]

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Early Middle Kingdoms — The Golden Age

Early Middle Kingdoms — The Golden Age

| August 21, 2012 | Reply

 Early Middle Kingdoms — The Golden Age The middle period was a time of cultural development. The Satavahana dynasty, also known as the Andhras, ruled in southern and central India after around 230 BCE. Satakarni, the sixth ruler of the Satvahana dynasty, defeated the Sunga Empire of north India. Afterwards, Kharavela, the warrior king of […]

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The Sātavāhana Empire

The Sātavāhana Empire

| August 21, 2012 | Reply

The Sātavāhana Empire The Sātavāhana Empire  or Andhra Empire, was a royal Indian dynasty based from Dharanikota and Amaravati in Andhra Pradesh as well as Junnar (Pune) and Prathisthan (Paithan) in Maharashtra. The territory of the empire covered much of India from 230 BCE onward. Although there is some controversy about when the dynasty came […]

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Late Middle Kingdoms — The Classical Age

Late Middle Kingdoms — The Classical Age

| August 21, 2012 | Reply

The “Classical Age” in India began with the Gupta Empire and the resurgence of the north during Harsha’s conquests around the 7th century CE, and ended with the fall of the Vijayanagara Empire in the south in the 13th century, due to pressure from the invaders to the north. This period produced some of India’s […]

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The Islamic Sultanates

The Islamic Sultanates

| August 21, 2012 | Reply

The Islamic Sultanates Beginning in the 12th century, several Islamic states were established in the Indian subcontinent in the course of a gradual Muslim conquest in the Indian subcontinent. This process culminated in the Mughal Empire, which ruled most of India during the mid-16th to mid-19th centuries. The end of the period of Islamic rule […]

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