Kingdom of Kashi

The Kingdom of Kashi was an ancient Indian kingdom located in the region around its capital Varanasi, bounded by the Varuna and Asi rivers in the north and south which gave Varanasi its name. It was one of the sixteen Mahajanapadas, great states that emerged in northern India at the start of the 6th century BCE. The Jataka tales indicate its capital was one of the richest cities in India, speaking highly of its prosperity and opulence.[1]

Kingdom of Kashi

Kashi and other kingdoms of the late Vedic period.
Kashi and other kingdoms of the late Vedic period.
Kashi and other Mahajanapadas in the Post Vedic period.
Kashi and other Mahajanapadas in the Post Vedic period.
CapitalVaranasi
Religion
Hinduism
Buddhism
Jainism
GovernmentMonarchy
Succeeded by
Kosala

These stories tell of a prolonged rivalry between the neighboring kingdoms of Kashi and Kosala, with also some occasional conflict with Anga and Magadha. Kashi once was one of the most powerful states in north India,[1] and although King Brihadratha of Kashi conquered Kosala, Kashi was later incorporated into Kosala by King Kansa during Buddha's time.[citation needed] The Kashis along with the Kosalas and Videhans find mention in Vedic texts and appear to have been a closely allied people.

It was in Kashi territory where Siddartha Gautama first started preaching the Buddhism religion.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Singh, Upinder (2008). A history of ancient and early medieval India: from the Stone Age to the 12th century. Pearson Education. pp. 258–262. ISBN 9788131711200.