History of Ancient India

Human Civilization

Introduction to Indian History India drives its name from the Indus River where as ‘Bharat’ mentioned in the Indian constitution owes its origin to the ancient mythological emperor, Bharata who conquered the whole sub-continent and the land was, known as Bharatavarsha (`the sub-continent of Bharata’). Human Civilization in Ancient India India is one of the … Read more

Ancient India Time Line

Ancient India Timeline

The time line of ancient India dates back to 5000 BC. The artefacts found dating back such period suggests human habitation in India even before that timeline. Mehrgarh one of the most important Neolithic sites on the “Kachi plain” in Balochistan, Pakistan gives evidences of human settlement around 4300 BC. The Indus Valley Civilization flourished … Read more

Origin and Settlement of the Aryans

Later Vedic Civilization

Central Asian theory There are various schools of thought regarding the original home of the Aryans. The most important theory which held the field for a long time was that the Aryans originally lived in Central Asia. This theory was propounded by Prof Max Muller a German scholar of comparative languages. He stated that the … Read more

Later Vedic Civilization

Later Vedic Civilization

Vedic Soceity | Later Vedic Civilization The main sources of information about this civilization are the Vedic texts which were compiled after the age of the Rig Veda. These were the Sam Veda Samhita, the Yajur Veda Samhita, Atharva Veda Samhita, Brahmanas and Upanishads. All these later Vedic texts were compiled in the upper Gangetic … Read more

Religions | Jainism

Jainism in Ancient India Religious

Jainism It is generally believed that the founder of Jainism was Mahavira.It is now recognized that Mahavira was the 24th Tirthankara.The sacred books of Jain tell us that their first Tirthankara was Rishab, the founder of Jainism. He was the father of Bharata the first Vedic king of India.Rishab was followed by 23 Tirthankaras.The Vishnu … Read more

Regional States of India

Modern India Regional States

Regional States of Ancient India He was the first Rashtrakuta ruler to intervene in the tripartite struggle being wagged for the supremacy of north India. He defeated both the Pratihara ruler Vatsaraja after occupying Malwa and Dharmpala the Pala ruler.Dhruva was succeeded by Govinda III and he continued to rule till 814 AD. He was … Read more

Pre Mauryan Period

The Sixteen 16 Mahajanapadas

The 6th century BC has left a permanent impression on Indian history because it witnessed the intense philosophical debates and discourses and resultant implications. Among the various thinkers contributing to this unique phase were Mahavira and Buddha who compelled the attention of the world to Indian traditions. The political system at the time of Mahavira … Read more

Pre Mauryan Period | The Sixteen Mahajanapadas

The Sixteen 16 Mahajanapadas

The Sixteen 16 Mahajanapadas The sixteen century BC is often regarded as a major turning point in early Indian history. It is an era associated with early states, cities; the growing use of iron, the development of coinage etc. It also witnessed the growth of diverse systems of thought including Buddhism and Jainism. Early Buddhist … Read more

Pre Mauryan Period | Haryanka Dynasty

Haryanka Dynasty

Haryanka Dynasty Bimbisara (545-493 BC) Magadha came into prominence under the leadership of Bimbisara who belonged to Haryanka dynasty. He was a man of determination and political foresight. He became the king in second half of the 6th century BC. He added to the prestige and strength of Magadha by his policy of matrimonial alliance … Read more

History of Ancient India

Ancient India

India can boast of a glorious past and the study of the history of Ancient India is a subject in itself. India has a civilisation as ancient as most ancient civilizations across the world. We have added new articles on all the following Ancient India topics. Sources of Ancient Indian History Science and Technology in … Read more