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The NANDA DYNASTY originated from the region of Magadha
Magadha
in ancient India
India
during the 4th century BCE and lasted between 345–321 BCE. At its greatest extent, the empire ruled by the Nanda Dynasty extended from Bengal
Bengal
in the east, to the Punjab region in the west and as far south as the Vindhya Range . The rulers of this dynasty were famed for the great wealth which they accumulated. The Nanda Empire
Nanda Empire
was later conquered by Chandragupta Maurya
Chandragupta Maurya
, who founded the Maurya Empire .

CONTENTS

* 1 Establishment of the dynasty * 2 Military * 3 Wealth * 4 List of Nanda rulers * 5 Courtiers * 6 In literature

* 7 References

* 7.1 Notes * 7.2 Citations * 7.3 Sources

ESTABLISHMENT OF THE DYNASTY

Mahapadma Nanda , who has been described in the Puranas
Puranas
as "the destroyer of all the Kshatriyas ", defeated many other kingdoms , including the Panchalas , Kasis , Haihayas , Kalingas , Asmakas , Kurus , Maithilas , Surasenas and the Vitihotras ; to name a few. He expanded his territory south of the Vindhya Range into the Deccan Plateau . The Nandas, who usurped the throne of the Shishunaga dynasty c. 345 BCE, were thought to be of low origin. He was the son of Mahanandin , and a Shudra mother.

MILITARY

The Nanda kings built on the foundations laid by their Haryanka and Shishunaga predecessors to create the first great empire of north India
India
. To achieve this objective they built a vast army, consisting of 200,000 infantry , 20,000 cavalry , 2,000 war chariots and 3,000 war elephants (at the lowest estimates). According to the Greek historian Plutarch
Plutarch
, the size of the Nanda army was even larger, numbering 200,000 infantry, 80,000 cavalry, 8,000 war chariots, and 6,000 war elephants. However, the Nandas never had the opportunity to see their army face Alexander , who invaded North-western India
India
at the time of Dhana Nanda, since Alexander was forced to confine his campaign to the plains of Punjab
Punjab
and Sindh
Sindh
, for his forces mutinied at the river Beas and refused to go any further upon encountering "the 4000 well trained and well equipped war elephants of the Gangaridei (Nanda)" according to Diodorus .

A possible indication of Nanda military victories in Kalinga is suggested by the later Hathigumpha inscription
Hathigumpha inscription
of Kharavela , which mentions a King named Nanda building a canal and conquering a place. The existence of a place called Nau Nand Dehra ( Nanded ) on the Godavari is taken by some scholars as reflecting Nanda rule over the Deccan . The evidence for the extension of Nanda rule into trans-Vindhyan India
India
is not, however, strong.

WEALTH

The Nandas were also renowned for their immense wealth. They undertook irrigation projects and invented standardized measures for trade across their empire, and they ruled with the assistance of many ministers. The Nanda Dynasty was also mentioned in the ancient Sangam literature of the Tamil people . The famous Tamil poet Mamulanar described the capital city Pataliputra
Pataliputra
of the Nanda Dynasty and the wealth and treasure that was accumulated by the great Nanda rulers. Their unpopularity, possibly due to their "financial extortion", facilitated a revolution , leading to their overthrow by Chandragupta Maurya and Kautilya . Nevertheless, "the greatness attained in the Maurya Age would hardly have been possible but for the achievements of their predecessors", the Nandas.

LIST OF NANDA RULERS

The Mahabodhivamsa lists the following as the nine Nanda kings:

* Mahapadma Nanda (Sarvarthasidi) * Panduka * Pandugati * Bhutapala * Rashtrapala * Govishanaka * Dashasiddhaka * Kaivarta * Dhana Nanda (Agrammes / Xandrames)

COURTIERS

Jain and Hindu writers refer to a distinguished line of imperial chancellors or advisors of the king from Kalpaka to Sakatala and Rakshasa. The advisors of the king were fewer in number but were most respected on account of their high character and wisdom. They are mentioned by the Greek observers who wrote about conditions in the fourth century BCE. Next to the advisors were the 'generals of the army'; one such, Bhadrasala, is mentioned in the Milinda-Panho.

IN LITERATURE

A passage of the Kathasaritsagara refers to the kataka (camp) of Nanda in Ayodhya . According to the Visarasreni of Merutunga , the Nandas rose to power in 467 BC.

REFERENCES

NOTES

* ^ A B C Kalinga (India) formed part of the Nanda Empire
Nanda Empire
but subsequently broke free until it was re-conquered by Ashoka Maurya
Ashoka Maurya
, c. 260 BCE.

CITATIONS

* ^ A B C D Upinder Singh 2016 , p. 273. * ^ Mookerji 1988 , p. 28–33. * ^ A B Mookerji 1988 , p. 8. * ^ Raychaudhuri & Mukherjee 1996 , pp. 204-209. * ^ Raychaudhuri & Mukherjee 1996 , pp. 270-271. * ^ A B Sastri 1988 , p. 17. * ^ Panda 2007 , p. 28. * ^ Mookerji 1988 , p. 7. * ^ Smith 1999 , p. 39. * ^ Mookerji 1988 , p. 34. * ^ A B C Sastri 1988 , p. 16. * ^ Gabriel, Richard A. (30 November 2002), The great armies of antiquity (1.udg. ed.), Westport, Conn. : Praeger, p. 218, ISBN 9780275978099 * ^ Raychaudhuri & Mukherjee 1996 , pp. 204-210. * ^ Kaushik, Roy (2015), Military Manpower, Armies and Warfare in South Asia "Warfare, Society and Culture", Routledge, p. 14, ISBN 1317321286 * ^ The First Spring: The Golden Age of India
India
by Abraham Eraly p.62 * ^ Sastri 1988 , p. 15. * ^ Kailash Chand Jain 1991 , p. 85.

SOURCES

* Jain, Kailash Chand (1991), Lord Mahāvīra and His Times, Motilal Banarsidass , ISBN 978-81-208-0805-8 * Mookerji, Radha Kumud (1988) , Chandragupta Maurya
Chandragupta Maurya
and his times (4th ed.), Motilal Banarsidass
Motilal Banarsidass
, ISBN 81-208-0433-3 * Panda, Harihar (2007), Prof. H.C. Raychaudhuri, as a Historian, Northern Book Centre , ISBN 81-7211-210-6 * Raychaudhuri, H. C. ; Mukherjee, B. N. (1996), Political History of Ancient India: From the Accession of Parikshit to the Extinction of the Gupta Dynasty, Oxford University Press
Oxford University Press
* Sastri, K. A. Nilakanta , ed. (1988) , Age of the Nandas and Mauryas (Second ed.), Delhi
Delhi
: Motilal Banarsidass
Motilal Banarsidass
, ISBN 81-208-0465-1 * Singh, Upinder (2016), A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India: From the Stone Age to the 12th Century, Pearson Education , ISBN 978-93-325-6996-6 * Smith, Vincent A. (1999), The Early History of India
India
(third ed.), Atlantic Publishers and distributors , ISBN 978-81-7156-618-1

Preceded by Shishunaga dynasty NANDA DYNASTY (345 BCE–321 BCE) Succeeded by Maurya Empire

* v * t * e

Middle kingdoms of India
India

Timeline and

cultural period Northwestern India
India

( Punjab
Punjab
- Sapta Sindhu ) Indo-Gangetic Plain Central India Southern India
India

Western Gangetic Plain

(Kuru - Panchala ) Northern India
India

(Central Gangetic Plain) Northeastern India
India

(Northeast India
India
)

IRON AGE

CULTURE LATE VEDIC PERIOD LATE VEDIC PERIOD

(Brahmin ideology)

Painted Grey Ware culture LATE VEDIC PERIOD

(Kshatriya/Shramanic culture)

Northern Black Polished Ware PRE-HISTORY

6TH CENTURY BC Gandhara Kuru - Panchala Magadha
Magadha

Adivasi (tribes)

CULTURE PERSIAN-GREEK INFLUENCES "SECOND URBANISATION "

Rise of Shramana movements Jainism - Buddhism
Buddhism
- Ājīvika
Ājīvika
- Yoga
Yoga
PRE-HISTORY

5TH CENTURY BC (Persian rule )

Shishunaga dynasty

Adivasi (tribes)

4TH CENTURY BC (Greek conquests )

Nanda empire Kalinga

HISTORICAL AGE

CULTURE SPREAD OF BUDDHISM PRE-HISTORY SANGAM PERIOD (300 BC – 200 AD)

3RD CENTURY BC MAURYA EMPIRE Early Cholas

Early Pandyan Kingdom

Satavahana dynasty

Cheras

46 other small kingdoms in Ancient Thamizhagam

CULTURE PRECLASSICAL HINDUISM - "HINDU SYNTHESIS" (ca. 200 BC - 300 AD) Epics - Puranas
Puranas
- Ramayana
Ramayana
- Mahabharata
Mahabharata
- Bhagavad Gita
Bhagavad Gita
- Brahma Sutras - Smarta Tradition Mahayana Buddhism
Buddhism
Sangam period
Sangam period

(continued) (300 BC – 200 AD)

2ND CENTURY BC Indo-Greek Kingdom
Indo-Greek Kingdom
Shunga Empire

Maha-Meghavahana Dynasty Early Cholas

Early Pandyan Kingdom

Satavahana dynasty

Cheras

46 other small kingdoms in Ancient Thamizhagam

1ST CENTURY BC

1ST CENTURY AD

Indo-Scythians Indo-Parthians Kuninda Kingdom

2ND CENTURY Kushan Empire
Kushan Empire

3RD CENTURY Kushano-Sasanian Kingdom Kushan Empire
Kushan Empire
Western Satraps Kamarupa
Kamarupa
kingdom Kalabhra dynasty

Pandyan Kingdom(Under Kalabhras)

CULTURE "GOLDEN AGE OF HINDUISM"(ca. AD 320-650) Puranas
Puranas
Co-existence of Hinduism
Hinduism
and Buddhism
Buddhism

4TH CENTURY Kidarites
Kidarites
GUPTA EMPIRE

Varman dynasty Kalabhra dynasty

Pandyan Kingdom(Under Kalabhras)

Kadamba Dynasty

Western Ganga Dynasty

5TH CENTURY Hephthalite Empire Alchon Huns Kalabhra dynasty

Pandyan Kingdom(Under Kalabhras)

Vishnukundina

6TH CENTURY Nezak Huns

Kabul Shahi
Kabul Shahi
Maitraka
Maitraka

Adivasi (tribes) Badami Chalukyas

Kalabhra dynasty

Pandyan Kingdom(Under Kalabhras)

CULTURE LATE-CLASSICAL HINDUISM (ca. AD 650-1100) Advaita Vedanta
Advaita Vedanta
- Tantra
Tantra
Decline of Buddhism
Buddhism
in India
India

7TH CENTURY Indo-Sassanids
Indo-Sassanids

Vakataka dynasty Empire of Harsha Mlechchha dynasty Adivasi (tribes) Pandyan Kingdom(Under Kalabhras)

Pandyan Kingdom(Revival)

Pallava

8TH CENTURY Kabul Shahi
Kabul Shahi

Pala Empire Pandyan Kingdom

Kalachuri

9TH CENTURY

Gurjara-Pratihara
Gurjara-Pratihara

Rashtrakuta dynasty

Pandyan Kingdom

Medieval Cholas

Pandyan Kingdom(Under Cholas)

Chera Perumals of Makkotai

10TH CENTURY Ghaznavids
Ghaznavids

Pala dynasty

Kamboja-Pala dynasty Kalyani Chalukyas

Medieval Cholas

Pandyan Kingdom(Under Cholas)

Chera Perumals of Makkotai

Rashtrakuta

References and sources for table

REFERENCES

* ^ Samuel * ^ Samuel * ^ Michaels (2004) p.39 * ^ Hiltebeitel (2002) * ^ Michaels (2004) p.39 * ^ Hiltebeitel (2002) * ^ Micheals (2004) p.40 * ^ Michaels (2004) p.41

SOURCES

* Flood, Gavin D. (1996), An Introduction to Hinduism, Cambridge University Press * Hiltebeitel, Alf (2002), Hinduism. In: Joseph Kitagawa, "The Religious Traditions of Asia: Religion, History, and Culture", Routledge * Michaels, Axel (2004), Hinduism. Past and present, Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press * Samuel, Geoffrey (2010), The Origins of Yoga
Yoga
and Tantra. Indic Religions to the Thirteenth Century, Cambridge University Press

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