ASSAKA (Pali) or ASHMAKA (
IAST : Aśmaka), was a region of ancient
India (700–300 BCE) around and between the river Godavari. It was
one of the shODasa (sixteen) mahajanapadas in the 6th century BCE,
mentioned in the
Buddhist text Anguttara Nikaya.
The capital is variously called Potali, or Podana, which now lies in
Buddhist text Mahagovinda Suttanta mentions about a ruler of
Assaka, Brahmadatta who ruled from Potali.
Matsya Purana (ch.272) lists twenty-five rulers of Aśmaka,
contemporary to the
Shishunaga rulers of
Later, the people spread southward to the territory of the
Rashtrakuta empire , which is now in modern
Ashmaka is also identified as