(Last Updated on : 22-06-2011)
Gauda region is mentioned in Arthashastra
. According to Varahamihira
in his Brihat Samhita Murshidabad district
, Birbhum district
and western parts of Bardhaman district
formed the territory of ancient Gauda region. It has also been mentioned that Pundravardhana was a part of Gauda.
Krishna Mishra in his Prabodha-chandrodaya, mentions that Gaudarashtra includes Rarh and Bhurishreshthika. Gauda also included Lakshmanavati in present day Malda district according to Jain writers of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The Pala emperors were considered as Gaudesvara (Lord of Gauda). The Sena kings called themselves Gaudesvara. During the Muslim rule, the name Gauda was applied to Lakhanavati in Malda district
. Gaur/Gour in modern times refers to Lakhnauti the ruined city, in Malda district
of West Bengal
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