Early Historical Period : Solasa Mahajanapadas


         In the early sixth century bc, shortly before the rise of Buddhism, there were sixteen large territorial states (Solasa- mahajanapada) in north India. These states, ac­cording to the Buddhist work the Anguttara Nikaya, were Anga, Magadha, Kasi, Kosala, Vrijji (Vajji), Malla, Chedi. Vatsa (Vamsa). Kuru, Panchala, Matsya (Maccha), Surasena, Asmaka (Assaka), Avanti, Gandhara and Kamboja. The Digha Nikaya refers to some of them in pairs— Kasi-Kosala, Vrijji-Malla, Chedi-Vamsa, Kuru- Panchala and Matsya-Surasena, while another Buddhist source (Chullaniddesa) adds Kalinga to the list and substitutes Yona for Gandhara.

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Posted on April 28, 2011, in Early Historical Period, General Studies, Indian History, Solasa Mahajanapadas, Study Material. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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