Pushyabhuti Dynasty


The Pushyabhuti Dynasty (c. 500 CE - 647 CE) rose after the downfall of the Gupta Empire (3rd century CE - 6th century CE) in the 6th century CE in northern India. Also known as the Vardhana or Pushpabhuti Dynasty, the core area of their kingdom was situated in what is now the state of Haryana in India with the capital at Sthanishvara or Thaneshvara (present-day Thanesar), and later at Kanyakubja (modern-day Kannauj, Uttar Pradesh state). The most notable ruler of this dynasty was its last ruler, Emperor Harshavardhana or Harsha (r. 606-647 CE). The Pushyabhutis established a powerful kingdom vying with other regional powers for political supremacy in India and, under Harsha, achieved imperial status. However, it was short-lived, and Kannauj came to be known ultimately as the base kingdom for future empires.

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  • c. 500 CE - 647 CE
    The Pushyabhuti (or Vardhana) Dynasty rules in Ancient India.
  • 580 CE - 605 CE
    Reign of Prabhakaravardhana.
  • 605 CE - 606 CE
    Reign of Rajyavardhana.
  • 606 CE - 647 CE
    Reign of Harsha.