The history of Kashmir begins with the Karkota Dynasty. Before that the valley of Kashmir was ruled by Ashoka the Great, the Mauryan Empire. It remained under Kushana and Huvishakha also.
Rulers of Karkota Dynasty
The strongest ruler of the dynasty was Lalitaditya. Some of the main conquests he made were up to Bengal that made Kashmir the most powerful kingdom after the time of The Guptas. The Martand temple in the Anantnag district of today’s Kashmir preserves the memory of King Lalitaditya. These details are described in the Rajtanagini of Kalhana. During his reign, he encouraged the developments in the fields of art and architecture. His capital Parihaspur had four temples at the time, tons of gold, silver, copper and brass were used to decorate the temples. There are many sculptors of Buddha’s were excavated, also the rule experienced the widespread of Hinduism and Buddhism. Karkota rule was at its peak during the reign of Lalitaditya, but unfortunately the dynasty was proceeded by weak rulers which were not capable to unite the scattering kingdom after the death of Lalitaditya. They lost the glory of the kingdom and the dynasty was replaced by Utpala Dynasty.
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