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In the Sanskrit epics , the GOPA RASHTRA (Gopa kingdom) (Gurjara Kingdom) of central and western India is believed to have been ruled by Krishna
Krishna
. Inscriptions indicate the presence of a region by this name in the Chalukya empire (present day Maharashtra and Goa
Goa
). In the Junagarh inscriptions of Skandagupta
Skandagupta
and Chalukyan records, Gopa rasthra is mentioned as the colony inhabited by the cowherd people. Kautilya states that the region was tribal corporation following the profession of agriculture and arms both. According to Mahabharata 's list of kingdoms given in Bhishma Parva, chapter-9, Pandu Rashtra, Gopa Rashtra, Malla Rashtra and Ashmaka together formed the modern Maharashtra. The term Goa
Goa
is derived from Goparashtra i.e. the area of cowherds and shepherds.

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 See also * 3 References * 4 External links

HISTORY

The name of Gopa rashtra forms part among the various kingdoms of Ancient India
Ancient India
as narrated in the epic Mahabharata.

The state of Goa
Goa
is described as ancient Goparashtra and it takes its present name from earlier used terms like- Gomant, Gomantaka, Govarashtra or Goparashtra. All these names are prefixed with "Go" means "cow". Mahabharata refers it to as the country of cowherds.

Inscriptions of Chalukya age mention about grant of Balegrama village in the Goparashtra to worship Kapaleshvara.

SEE ALSO

* Kingdoms of Ancient India
Ancient India

REFERENCES

* ^ Mahajan, Malati (1989). A cultural history of Maharashtra and Goa: from place name inscriptions. Sundeep Prakashan. p. 79. * ^ A B Shastri, Ajay Mitra (1992). The Age of the Vākāṭakas. Harman Publishing House. p. 69. ISBN 9788185151519 . Retrieved 31 March 2016. * ^ India Today International. Living Media India Limited. Retrieved 31 March 2016. * ^ Vaidya, Chintāmana Vināyaka (1921). History of Mediæval Hindu India: (being a History of India from 600 to 1200 A.D.) ... Oriental Book Supplying Agency. p. 259. Retrieved 31 March 2016. * ^ Anthropological Survey of India (1995).