Assaka (Pali) or Asmaka (IAST: Aśmaka), was a region of ancient India (700–300 BCE) around and between the river Godavari. It included areas in present-day Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Maharashtra. It was one of the shodasa (sixteen) mahajanapadas in the 6th century BCE, mentioned in the Buddhist text Anguttara Nikaya.
|c. 700 BCE–c. 300 BCE|
Assaka and other Mahajanapadas in the Post Vedic period.
|Capital||Potali or Podana - Presently, Bodhan, Telangana|
|Historical era||Bronze Age, Iron Age|
|c. 700 BCE|
|c. 300 BCE|
|Today part of||India|
The capital is variously called Potali or Podana, which is identified as present-day Bodhan in Telangana. The Buddhist text Mahagovinda Suttanta mentions about a ruler of Assaka, Brahmadatta who ruled from Potali. The Matsya Purana (ch.272) lists twenty-five rulers of Aśmaka, contemporary to the Shishunaga rulers of Magadha.
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