POLITICAL CONDITION OF INDIA IN THE 6 CENTURY B.C
During the sixth century BC.
there were many Kingdoms and Republics in North India. Sixteen such states
were prominent. They were called as the Mahajanapadhas. The important
among them were Anga, Kasi, Kosala, Avanti, Vatsa and Magadha. They were
constantly quarrelling with each other. Out of these States Magadha had
emerged the most powerful as an Imperial power. Its rulers Bimbisara and
Ajatasatru were responsible for making it a powerful state.
Ajatasatro (B.C. 500 – 475) Ajatasatru imprisoned his father Bimbisara
He fought against Kosala, Malla and Vaisali. Magadha reached to glory
under him. The first Buddhist Council was convened by Ajatasatru at Rajagriha.
H successors were weak The Sisunaga dynasty came to power in Magadha Sisunaga
was the founder of this dynasty. After them the Nandas captured power
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