Kanva Dynasty - Informative & researched article on Kanva Dynasty
 Indianetzone: Largest Free Encyclopedia of India with thousand of articlesHistory of India


in  
 Art & Culture|Entertainment|Health|Reference|Sports|Society|Travel
Forum  | Free E-magazine  | RSS Feeds  
History of India|Indian Temples|Indian Museums|Indian Literature|Geography of India|Flora & Fauna|Indian Purans|Indian Philosophy|Indian Administration|Indian Languages|Education
Home > Reference > History of India > Ancient History of India > Rise of Magadha > Kanva Dynasty
Kanva Dynasty
Amidst terrible political turmoil, Vasudeva had initiated the Kanva Empire with treacherous motives, though short-lived.
 
 Vasudeva, a Brahmin of Kanva Gotra had established the Kanva dynasty in Magadha. The later Shunga kings because of their incompetence and over attachment towards luxury and comfort could not maintain the Shunga Empire properly. Moreover in the final days of the Shungas there was a prolonged internal dissension. In this circumstance of complete disorder, the last king of the Shunga dynasty Devabhuti was killed by his minister, Vasudeva, who initiated the Kanva dynasty in Magadha in 75 B.C. Since Vasudeva belonged to the Brahman caste, the Kanva dynasty was a Brahman empire. The Kanva dynasty continued to be the sovereign authority of the Magadhan throne for 45 years and witnessed the rule of four Brahman rulers. Banabhatta`s `Harshacharit` suggests that Vasudeva came to power after the death of Devabhuti with the help of trickery and was assisted by the daughter of a slave woman, disguised as his queen.

Vasudeva ruled over the kingdom for a period of nine years and his authority was confined to the Magadhan throne only. At that time the Greeks had occupied Punjab and the territory to the west of Magadha was under the local chiefs and Vidisha was under the Shunga princes. Vasudeva was succeeded by his son Bhumimitra who ruled for 14 years. Very little is known about Bhumimitra`s reign. Bhumimitra was succeeded by his son Narayana, who ruled for 12 years and Susharman, the son of Narayana inherited the throne after his father. Susharman ruled for 10 years and later the Andhras overthrew him from power. The Andhras had captured Magadha in the tenth year of Susharman`s reign. Susharman was the final ruler of the Kanva kinship.

(Last Updated on : 02/02/2009)
More Articles in Rise of Magadha  (4)
 
Bimbisara  (1)
 
 
Recently Updated Articles in History of India
Literature under Gupta Empire
Literature under Gupta Empire drew their themes from epics and dealt with familiar narratives, some were treated in courtly style and subjected to literary virtuosity of many kinds.
Moderates
Moderates, a branch of the Congress, believed that India needed a balanced representation of their needs before the British Government. Moderates believed in gradual progress with the help of Constitutional means.
Adil Shahi Dynasty of Bijapur
The governor of Bijapur Yusuf Adil Khan founded the Adil Shahi Dynasty of Bijapur. In 1489.
Kakatiya Dynasty of Warangal
The Kakatiya Dynasty was one among the great dynasties of South India famous for their herioic kingship.
Kakatiya Dynasty
Kakatiya Dyanasty has been acknowledged as one of the great Telegu kingdoms that had ruled from 1083CE to 1323CE.
E-mail this Article | Post a Comment
Forum
Forum on History of India
Free E-magazine
Subscribe to Free E-Magazine on Reference
 
 
Kanva Dynasty - Informative & researched article on Kanva Dynasty
Sitemap
Contact Us   |   RSS Feeds
Copyright © 2008 Jupiter Infomedia Ltd. All rights reserved including the right to reproduce the contents in whole or in part in any form or medium without the express written permission of
Jupiter Infomedia Ltd.