SSC History Sample Paper NCERT Sample Paper-1

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    With reference to the period of Mahajanapadas referred to in Buddhist literature, which one of the following dynasties ruled Avanti?

    A)  Iksvaku

    B)  Haryanka

    C)  Paurava          

    D)  Pradyota

    Correct Answer: D

    Solution :

    [d] Pradyota dynasty is an ancient dynasty, which ruled over Avanti in the present-day Madhya Pradesh state, though most of the Puranas say that this dynasty succeeded the Barhadratha dynasty in Magadha. According to the Vayu Purana, Pradyotas of Avanti annexed Magadha and ruled there for 138 years from 799-684 BCE. Palaka, the son of the Avanti king Pradyota, conquered Kaushambi, making the kingdom powerful. According to both Buddhist texts and Jain texts, one of Pradyota tradition was that king's son would kill his father to become the successor. During their time, it is reported that crimes were commonplace in Magadha. Tired of the dynastic feuds and the crimes, the people of Magadha rose up in civil revolt and elected Haryanka to become the king in 684 BCE. This led to the emergence of the Haryanka dynasty in Magadha.

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