The kingdom of Magadh had large deposits of iron-ore 5 in the region of Chotanagpur Jharkhand. His capital was the ancient city of Girivrajapura. Or, Are we to believe that Magadha Empire had been expanded by Ashoka to cover whole of Jambudvipa? Chandra Gupta Maurya, the founder of the Mauryan dynasty, took advantage of his unpopularity and mis-government, succeeded in killing him and captured the throne of Magadha. He was friends with another neighbour, Avanti, to whose king he sent his own physician when the Avanti king was ill. This is what made it a major part of the 16 Mahajanapadas.
Magadha Empire was specially favored by the Goddess of Destiny. Of which Mahajanpad Prasenjit was the ruler? The various dynasties that ruled over Magadha from the 6th century B. Pukkusati sought his help against the enemies of Taxila. He was the son of Chellana and Bimbisara who occupied throne by killing his father. The Jaina records state that 9 Lichchhavi chiefs, 9 Malla chiefs and 18 chiefs of Kasi-Kosala formed a confederacy against Magadha. Ajatshatru even built a huge fort at his capital Pataliputra.
Who was the founder of Nanda dynasty? It also received enough rainfall. These marriage alliances definitely enhanced his prestige besides helping him in the extension of his territories. Dynasty lasted for two generations only. Another cause of his unpopularity must have been that he was a Sudra by caste. Was also said to be an admirer of Mahavira. So far, eight versions of these edicts have been noticed.
The kingdom of Magadha had emerged as a major power following the subjugation of two neighbouring kingdoms, and possessed an unparalleled military. By all accounts, Aśoka was a conscientious king deeply concerned for the welfare of his people. Magadha launched the programme of a pan-Indian empire depending on the strength of her heal timid in the Gangetic valley. The empire extended up to River Ganges and the kingdoms of Kosala and Kashi were annexed. During the reign of the Udayin, the commander-in-chief of the Haryanka Dynasty Shishunaga assassinated the ruler and captured the throne.
None but the republican states under Vriji made common alliances against Magadha. The Puranas also describe them as Sudras but Buddhist literature mentions that Chandragupta was a member of the Moriya clan of Pippalivana, who are distantly related to the tribe of the Sakyas who are Kshatriyas. But this was not the first time that the might of Magadha had forced kings westwards. Bimbisara was succeeded by his son Ajatashatru, who shifted the capital of Magadha from Girivraj to Pataliputra modern Patna, Bihar. However, King Pasenadi allowed moving and army returned to Magadha. Pukkusati came into his court who was the ambassador of the Gandhara ruler of Taxila. We believe that their expansionist policy was in part inspired by the example of Persians.
All these factors encouraged Magadha to launch expeditions for territorial expansion. We come across various names like Kunala, Dasaratha, Samprati, Salisuka, Devavarman, Satadhanvan and Brihadradha and all of them are identified as the sons of Asoka. The fall of Magadha Despite the extreme wealth and the military might of Magadha, its king was hugely unpopular on account of his cruelty and the high rates of taxation he imposed on the populace. To whom Ajatshatru was married? Some of the greatest empires and religions of India originated here. He was a man of determination and political foresight who realized the importance of a large kingdom and decided to make Magadha such a state.
After Ajatasatru, Sisunaga pursued the policy of empire-building and succeeded. Basic teachings included the four principal aims of human life: obedience to religious and moral laws dharma ; the pursuit of economic well-being and honest prosperity artha ; the enjoyment of social, physical, and sexual pleasure kama ; and the salvation of the soul moksha. He conquered Koshala and Kalinga from here he brought an image of the Jina as victory trophy. The traditional view has been endorsing the fact that Ashoka originally ruled over Magadha. We may safely assume that Magadha was at least a constituent of the heart of Jambudvipa whose other constituents were proximate to Magadha. In all these edicts Asoka ordered all the citizens of his empire to put into practice non-violence, by not killing animals for food.
This victory gave Magadha an unchallenged supremacy over East India. The Gupta Empire and Mauryan Empire started here. Because of their concentration in the capital of Pataliputra modern Patna and other cities, the artisans probably wielded more power than their numbers would indicate. During that time, most of the subcontinent was united under a single government for the first time. The Buddhist texts claim that Ajatasatru himself killed his father and he confessed this fact to the Buddha. The other factor for the success of the Magadha Empire was the ambitious leaders like Bimbisara, Ajatshatru and Mahapadmananda etc.
We have read that Ajatshatru was associated with the. Thus, after preparing himself diplomatically and militarily, Ajatasatru attacked the Vrijis and finally won. It makes one question: What could be the reason for this representation at Kanaganahalli with his queen? Magadha under Nanda Dynasty Mahapadma Nanda was the founder of Nanda Empire. Deep ploughing with heavy iron plough was possible due to easy supply of iron. The land of Magadha was also fertile which yielded rich harvests.
The Magadha Empire was finally taken over by the powerful Nanda dynasty who then ruled here for a good amount of time before being taken over by the Mauryas. The Mauryans were the first to give expression to a vision of a politically unified India that influenced all political power structures in subsequent centuries. Classical sources also describe them as of low caste. This interaction of two cultures gave new power and spirit to Magadha Empire. He constructed several canals and roads, appointed several new officers for administrative purposes and arranged for the regular collection of revenue. The Brahamanic culture could not claim dominance in Magadha because by the time it reached there it had lost much of its strength and therefore, liberal traditions in religion and society could be maintained in Magadha. That is why not only the Lichchhavis but the entire Vriji confederacy including the chiefs of Kasi and Kosala united themselves against Magadha.