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Which among the following was the capital city of the Pushyabhuti Dynasty?

Last updated date: 13th Jun 2024
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Hint: The Pushyabhuti Dynasty rose in northern India after the downfall of the Gupta Empire in the 6th century CE.

Complete answer:
The Vardhana dynasty, also referred as the Pushyabhuti dynasty.Prabhakaravardhana also described by Banabhatt as "a proud man, he was vexed by his proud ambitions" was the first ruler from this dynasty. He was the first to acquire the title of Maharajadhiraj as he fought many enemies and expanded his kingdom. This dynasty ruled in the parts of northern India during 6th and 7th centuries.The dynasty reached its highest position under its last ruler Harsha-Vardhana, whose empire covered north-western India, and extended to Kamarupa in the east and Narmada River in the south. Now let's see the options-

Sthaneshwar- It is more commonly known as Thaneshwar. Prabhakara Vardhana was a ruler of Thaneshwar in the early 7th century CE was succeeded by his son Rajyavardhan and Harsha. Sthaneshwar was the capital of the Vardhana dynasty hence this is correct.

Kannauj -‘Amavasu’ founded a kingdom, the capital of which later was Kanyakubja which is also known as Kannauj hence this is incorrect

Kurukshetra- Kurukshetra is a region named after the King Kuru who was the ancestor of Kauravas and Pandavas and the importance of the place is attributed to the very fact that the Kurukshetra War of the Mahabharata is claimed to have taken place here.

 Magadha - Magadh was the name of the state not the capital which was ruled by many great dynasties such as the Nanda dynasty and Mauryan dynasty and the capital city was Patliputra.

Hence, the correct answer is option (A)

Note: The downfall of the Gupta Empire in the middle of the 6th century, led to the split of Northern India into several independent kingdoms. The northern region and western regions of India passed into the hands of a dozen or more feudatory states. Prabhakara Vardhana who was the ruler of Sthanvisvara, who belonged to the Vardhana family, extended his control over neighbouring states.