The HARYANKA DYNASTY was the second ruling dynasty of
The founder of this dynasty was either Bimbisara himself or his father Bhattiya. According to the Buddhist text, the Mahavamsa , Bimbisara was anointed king by his father at the age of fifteen. According to George Turnour and N.L. Dey, the name of the father of Bimbisara was Bhatiya or Bhattiya, but the Puranas refer him as Hemajit, Kshemajit, Kshetroja or Ksetrauja and the Tibetan texts mention him as Mahapadma. This dynasty was succeeded by the Shishunaga dynasty .
Main article: Bimbisara Eastern border of the Achaemenid Empire
The Haryanka king
Bimbisara was responsible for expanding the
boundaries of his kingdom through matrimonial alliances and conquest.
The land of
Kosala fell to
Estimates place the territory ruled by this early dynasty at 300 leagues in diameter, and encompassing 80,000 small settlements.
In some sources,
Bimbisara was imprisoned and killed by his son and