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Pradyota was a king of Magadha, son of the minister Simika, who having killed his sovereign placed his son Pradyota on the throne.
Pradyota is also the name of the dynasty, which succeeded the Brihadrathas dynasty in Magadha.
As per the records of the Vayu Purana
, Pradyotas ruled Magadha for 138 years from 799-684 BC. Palaka, the son of the Avanti king Pradyota, conquered Kaushambi, making the kingdom powerful.
In both Buddhist texts and Jain texts, one of Pradyota tradition was that king's son would kill his father to become the successor. During this time, it is reported that there was high crimes in Magadha. The people rose up and elected Shishunaga to become the new king, who destroyed the power of the Pradyotas and created the Shishunaga dynasty.
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