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The ruler who extended his authority over all the other feudatories was Harshavardhana. He made Kanauj his seat of power, and from there he extended his authority in all directions.
The early history of his reign is reconstructed from a study by Banabhatta. He is also called the last great Hindu emperor of India.
His administration had become feudal and decentralized. Law and order was not well maintained in his empire. The reign of Harsha is historically important because of the visit of the Chinese pilgrim Hsuan Tsang.
Harsha also convened national meetings at the confluence of the rivers Yamuna and Ganges at which the fruits of his rule could be distributed among the people. After Prabhakar Vardhana's death in , his eldest son, Rajya Vardhana, ascended the throne. After his accession to the throne he merged the two kingdoms of Thanesar and Kannauj and shifted his capital to Kannauj. Click here to cancel reply. Get to Know Us. The military exploits of the first three rulers--Chandragupta I ca. His rule was renowned for peace, stability and prosperity, and attracted many artists and scholars from far and wide.
Nalanda was the most famous centre of Buddhism, which maintained a great Buddhist university meant for Buddhist monks. Nalanda had a huge monastic establishment during the reign of Harshavardhana. Harsha followed a tolerant religious policy.
He is remembered not only for his patronage and learning but also for the authorship of three plays: Priyadarshika , Ratnavali , and Nagananda. Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. The younger son of the king of Thanesar, Harsha was the ruler of both Thanesar and Kanauj by the age of sixteen, but at what price did he ascend the throne?
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