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Magadhan Empire

Magadha Empire ruled from 684 B.C - 320 B.C in India. The Magadha Empire is mentioned in the two great epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. There were three dynasties who ruled Magadhan empire from 544 BC to 322 BC. The first one was Haryanaka dynasty (544 BC to 412 BC), second one was Shisunaga Dynasty (412 BC to 344 BC) and the third one was Nanda dynasty (344 BC-322 BC).

5 Scientists from Ancient India

Mar 8, 2017
You will be surprised to know that a lot of scientific knowledge was evolved in ancient India, so many years ago. During this period Science and Mathematics were highly developed and Ancient Indians had contributed immensely. Ayurveda is the indigenous system of medicine that was developed in Ancient Period. Even the science of Yoga was also developed as an allied science of Ayurveda. In this article we will see the contributions of some scientists of ancient India.

Chera Dynasty | List of Chera Rulers and their contributions

Dec 8, 2017
The Chera Dynasty was one of the three major Kingdoms of Tamilkam and ruled over the present-day state of Kerala and to a lesser extent, parts of Tamil Nadu in South India. The word Chera probably derived from Cheral, meaning "declivity of a mountain" in ancient Tamil. They were also known as ‘Keraputras’ and their kingdom was situated to the west and north of the Pandya kingdom. Here, we are giving the list of Chera Rulers and their contributions for general awareness.

Administrative Setup & Social Life in the Age of Buddha (563-483 BC)

Dec 8, 2017
Buddhism made a special appeal to the people of the non- Vedic areas where it found a virgin soil for conversion. Buddhism attacked the Varna system so it gets the support of so called lower castes. People were taken into the Buddhist order without any consideration of caste. Women were also admitted to the Sangha and thus brought on par with the men. In comparison, with Brahmanism Buddhism was liberal and democratic.

List of the Books and Authors in Ancient India

Dec 8, 2017
The Harappan people knew how to write; unfortunately, their script has not been deciphered. But the literary tradition of India clearly goes back to more than 300 years, Sanskrit dominated, first in its Vedic and later in its classical form. Here, we are giving the list of the books and authors in Ancient India which is very useful for the preparation of the competitive examinations like UPSC-prelims, SSC, State Services, NDA, CDS, and Railways etc.

The History of the Indian Currency Notes and its Evolution

Nov 30, 2017
The origin of the word “Rupee” is from Sanskrit word Rupya which means shaped, stamped, impressed, coin and also from the Sanskrit word “raupya” which means silver. There was a long history of struggle, exploration and wealth which can be traced back to the ancient India of the 6th Century BC regarding rupee. The Paper Currency Act of 1861 gave the Government the monopoly of note issued throughout the vast expanse of British India.

Pandya Dynasty | List of Pandya Rulers and their contributions

Dec 8, 2017
The Pandya Kingdom was first mentioned by Megasthenese who said that their kingdom was famous for pearls. They occupied the region of the modern districts of Tirunelveli, Ramnad and Madurai in Tamil Nadu. Madurai was their capital, situated on the bank of river Vagai. Here, we are giving the list of Pandya Rulers and their contributions for general awareness.

The Mahajanapadas

Jul 18, 2015
In the sixth century BCE, there was a rise in the development of a few kingdoms that became prominent and earned the name Mahajanapada or great country. Aryans were the most influential tribes and were called as ‘janas’. This gave rise to the term janapada where jana means ‘people’ and pada means ‘foot. Janapada were the major kingdoms of Vedic India. A new kind of socio-political development was taking place in Mahajanapada. Mahajanapada were located in distinct geographical zones. There were sixteen such Mahajanapadas.

Harappan Civilisation

Jul 25, 2015
Some several thousand years ago there once thrived a civilization in the Indus Valley. Located in what's now Pakistan and western India, it was the earliest known urban culture of the Indian subcontinent. (1) The Indus Valley Civilization, as it is called, covered an area the size of Western Europe. It was the largest of the four ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, India and China. However, of all these civilizations the least is known about the Indus Valley people.

10 Ancient Discoveries and Inventions that has changed the Modern World

Dec 4, 2017
India is the land of World's first urban civilization and it witnessing the fusion of several customs and traditions, which are reflective of the rich culture and heritage of the Country. There are a lot of significant contributions that India has made to the world in the field of art, science, mathematics and so on. Here, we are giving 10 amazing Ancient Discoveries and Inventions that has changed the Modern World.

Impact of Central Asian Contacts (During Shaka-Kushan age)

Jul 21, 2015
Shaka and Kushan period saw the use of better cavalry. The use of reins and saddles were introduced by Shakas and Kushans. Besides, Shakas and Kushans introduced tunic, turban and trousers and heavy long coat. Cap, helmet and boots were also introduced during this phase which facilitated the victories in war. Central area was opened to trade with routes through sea and valleys. One of these routes becomes famous as the old silk route.

Chola Empire (from the 9th century AD to the 12th century AD): Medieval Cholas

Jul 20, 2015
The Cholas revived their power in 848 AD and their rule was re-established after a long lull from the 3rd century AD to 9th Century AD. The first medieval Chola ruler was Vijayalaya Chola who is credited with re-establishing the Chola rule. He had his capital in Thanjaur. He was a feudatory of Pallavas. He built Solesvara temple at Padukottai. The Cholas revived their power in 848 AD and their rule was re-established after a long lull from the 3rd century AD to 9th Century AD.

Gupta Dynasty: Important Rulers

Jul 20, 2015
Gupta Empire’s age called the golden age of India. It existed from 320- 550 AD. This empire covered the most of Indian subcontinent to expand their dynasty. Gupta dynasty was of Vaish caste. Caste systems exist in this period. Gupta dynasty started by Sri Gupta, he ruled from 240 -280 CE. His son Ghatoksha was the next successor of this empire. His period of ruling was from 280- 319 CE.  Ghatoksha had a son named Chandragupta (I) (319-335 CE).

Summary of Ancient Indian Dynasties and their contributions

Aug 9, 2016
India has had a very extensive history which has witnessed the rise and fall of various dynasties. Here is the “Summary of Ancient Indian Dynasties and their contributions” which is very important for competitive examinations like UPSC, SSC, CDS, NDA, State Services, and Railways etc.

List of Era’s in the Indian History & Time Line of Ancient Indian History

Oct 17, 2016
History is the whole series of past events connected with a particular person or thing. It also includes the contribution as well as the prehistoric settlements and societies in the Indian subcontinent. Here, we are giving the list of Era’s in the Indian History & Time Line of Ancient Indian History as a quick revision capsule which is very useful while preparing the examinations like UPSC, CDS, NDA, State Services, PSC, Railways etc.
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