Assaka (Pali) or Asmaka (IAST: Aśmaka), was a region of ancient India (700–300 BCE) around and between the river Godavari.[1] It included areas in present-day Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Maharashtra.[2] It was one of the shodasa (sixteen) mahajanapadas in the 6th century BCE, mentioned in the Buddhist text Anguttara Nikaya.[3]

Assaka Mahajanapada

c. 700 BCE–c. 300 BCE
Assaka and other Mahajanapadas in the Post Vedic period.
Assaka and other Mahajanapadas in the Post Vedic period.
CapitalPotali or Podana - Presently, Bodhan, Telangana
Common languagesSanskrit
Religion
Hinduism
Buddhism
Jainism
GovernmentMonarchy
Maharaja 
Historical eraBronze Age, Iron Age
• Established
c. 700 BCE
• Disestablished
c. 300 BCE
Today part ofIndia

The capital is variously called Potali or Podana, which is identified as present-day Bodhan in Telangana.[4] The Buddhist text Mahagovinda Suttanta mentions about a ruler of Assaka, Brahmadatta who ruled from Potali.[5] The Matsya Purana (ch.272) lists twenty-five rulers of Aśmaka, contemporary to the Shishunaga rulers of Magadha.

Asmaka is also identified as Assaka and Aśvakas in Buddhist literature and Gatha Saptashati of king Hāla.

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  1. ^ Gupta, Parmanand (1989). Geography from Ancient Indian Coins & Seals. Concept Publishing Company. ISBN 9788170222484.
  2. ^ Tiwari, Anshuman; Sengupta, Anindya (10 August 2018). Laxminama: Monks, Merchants, Money and Mantra. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 307. ISBN 9789387146808.
  3. ^ Law, Bimala Churn (1973). Tribes in Ancient India. Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute. p. 180.
  4. ^ Sen, Sailendra Nath (1999). Ancient Indian History and Civilization. New Age International. p. 109. ISBN 9788122411980.
  5. ^ Raychaudhuri, Hemchandra (1972) Political History of Ancient India, University of Calcutta, mumbai, p.80

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