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List of Ancient Janapadas and Mahajanapadas

18-APR-2017 10:26

    The Janapadas and Mahajanapadas represent the state system of 600BC. The processes of emergence of Mahajanpadas were initiated by certain important economic changes and the consequent socio-political developments witnessed during the period. Here, we are giving the list of Ancient Janapadas and Mahajanapadas for better understanding of the ancient ruling style and monarchical condition.

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    Source: www.facts-about-india.com

    List of Ancient Janapadas and Mahajanapadas

    Janapadas & Mahajanapadas

    Capital

    Location

    Anga

    Champa

    Modern districts of Monger and Bhagalpur in Bihar.

    Magadha

    Earlier Rajgriha, later Patliputra

    Covered the modern districts of Patna, Gaya, and parts of Shahabad.

    Malla

    Capitals at Kusinara and Pawa

    Covered the modern districts of Deoria, Basti, Gorakhpur and Siddarthnagar in eastern UP.

    Vajji

    Vaishali

    Situated north of the river Ganga in Bihar.

    Kosala

    Sravasti

    Covered modern day districts of Faziabad, Gonda, Bahraich of eastern Uttar Pradesh.

    Kashi

    Varanasi

    Located in the region around Varanasi (modern Banaras).

    Chedi

    Shuktimati

    Covered present day Bundelkhand region.

    Kuru

    Indraprastha

    Covered modern Haryana and Delhi.

    Vatsa

    Kaushambi

    Covered modern districts Allahabad, Mirzapur.

    Panchala

    Ahichhatra(Uttara Panchala) and Kampilya( Dakshina Panchala)

    Covered the area of present western UP up to the east of river Yamuna up to Kosala janapada.

    Matsya

    Viratanagara

    Covered the areas of Alwar, Bhartpur and Jaipur in Rajasthan.

    Sursena

    Mathura

    Covered the area around Mathura.

    Avanti

    Ujjaini and Mahishmati

     Covered the western India (modern Malawa).

    Ashmaka

    Potana

    Situated in the southern part of the India between the rivers Narmada and Godavari.

    Kamboja

    Capital at Rajapura in modern-day Kashmir

    Covered the area of Hindukush (modern Hazara districts of Pakistan)

    Gandhara

    Taxila

    Covered the western part of Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan.

    In the above list of Ancient Janapadas and Mahajanapadas symbolize amalgamation of a large number of rural and urban settlements, considered 16 in number in 600 BC, though different texts give different numbers.

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