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Indian Dynasties

Indian Dynasties: India was ruled by many important dynasties after Christ. Different religion, different culture that these rulers left have a major impact even today. Some of the monuments that were built in that period like Taj Mahal, Red fort, Amer Fort have become major tourists' attractions in India now.

Chandragupta - 2 (Gupta Dynasty)

Chandragupta-2( Gupta Dynasty)

Gupta Dynasty in India is called as the Golden Age of the Indian History. With the decline of Khushan Dynasty many foreign traders started to invade India from North and South. During this period Gupta Dynasty came into existence which ruled for 300 years in India---Read more

Vardhan Dynasty

Vardhan Dynasty

Harshavardhan also known as Harsha started the Vardhan Dynasty in India and ruled from 606 to 647 A.D. He ruled for 41 years. He was born on 590 A.D.---Read more

Kushan Dynasty

Kushan Dynasty

Kujula kadphises is probably the founder and the 1st King of Kushan dynasty. He probably began to rule in 40 A.D. He attacked the regions of south of Hindu Kush in India later conquered and annexed Gandhara. ---Read more

Gurjara Prathihara

Map of Gurjara Prathihara

Gurjara Prathihara of India also known as Prathihara Empire ruled for 400 years.  They are believed to be the clan of Rajput. They ruled first at Ujjain and Kannauj. The founder of this huge dynasty was Harishandra. Gurjara Prathihara had kept a check on Arab armies. ---Read more....

Chola Dynasty

Chola Dynasty

Chola Dynasty of India is another vast and important Dynasty that ruled South India from 9th century.  Chola Dynasty is famous for its art and architecture.  During the period of Chola dynasty many magnificent and beautiful temples were built which are famous even today. The Cholas gained control over South India by overthrowing the Pallavas. ---Read more...

Chalukya Dynasty

Chalukya dynasty

Another important Dynasty that ruled South India is Chalukya Dynasty.  They ruled most parts of South India from 6th and 12th century. The Chalukya’s rose to power in the Deccan.  It is mainly divided into 3 dynasties and ruled individually even though all were related to each other. ---Read more...

Hoysala Dynasty

Hoysala Dynasty

Hoysala Dynasty is another important Dynasty that ruled South India especially Karnataka from 10th to 14th century. Hoysala’s made Belur as capital in the beginning and later shifted it to Halebidu. They were basically from Malnad Karnataka. Hoysala rulers were famous for their strength and courage. ---Read more...

Vijayanagara Dynasty 

Map of Vijayanagara empire

Vijayanagara Empire is a vast empire founded by Harihara and Bukka in 1336.  It consisted of four Kingdoms in succession. It ruled for 3 centuries.

The history of this vast empire was mainly wars with Bahamani’s and Muslims. With the decline of Hoysala dynasty Vijayanagara Empire gained more power and stronger. ---Read more

Slave Dynasty

Slave Dynasty

In 1206 Qutb-ud-din Aibak, general proclaimed himself as Sultan of Delhi and founded Slave Dynasty in India.  Mohammed Gori had no natural heir of his own, after his death a slave of him called Qutb-ud-din Aibak took over the reign and called himself as the King of Slave Dynasty. Gori always treated his slaves as his own children. ---Read more

Khiliji Dynasty

Khiliji Dynasty

Khiliji are a tribe of mixed Afghani/Turkish descent. Jalal- ud- din Khiliji ascended the throne in the year 1290. He ruled from 1290-1296. ---Read more

Tughlaq Dynasty-Indian Dynasty

Tughlaq Dynasty

Ghazi Malik changed his name to Ghiyath-al –din – Tughlaq and started the Tughlaq Dynasty. He ruled from 1320-1325. This Dynasty was also of Turkish Dynasty. After taking over the reign of Delhi Sultanate in India, Ghiyasuddin had a huge task to improve the conditions of Tughlaq Dynasty. ---Read more.....

Sayyid Dynasty

Sayyid Dynasty

Sayyid dynasty was the fourth dynasty of Delhi Sultanate which came to power after Tughlaq dynasty. They ruled from 1414-1450AD. The family claimed to be Sayyids, or descendants of Mohammed started the Sayyid Dynasty.  The founder of Sayyid Dynasty was Khizir Khan, the governor of Multan and Timur’s deputy in India. ---Read more...

Lodhi Dynasty

Lodhi Dynasty

Lodhi Dynasty took control on Delhi after the defeat of Sayyid Dynasty. It ruled from 1451-1526.  Bahlul Lodhi was the founder of Lodhi dynasty.  Three important rulers of this dynasty are Bahlul Lodhi, Sikander Lodhi and Ibrahim Lodhi. This was the last dynasty of Delhi Sultanate and also it was called Pashtun dynasty. ---Read more...

Mughal Dynasty

Taj Mahal of India--Mughal Dynasty

Mughal dynasty in India was the famous dynasties which ruled India from 1526-1707. Babur defeated Ibrahim Lodi in the battle of Panipat and started this famous dynasty of Mughals in India. Mughal dynasty ruled India from 1526 - 1707. ---Read more...

Pallava Dynasty

Pallava Dynasty

The origin of Pallavas is still in obscure and debatable. Pallava dynasty ruled the southern part of India from 275 CE to 875 CE. After the fall of Satvahana dynasty, Pallavas gained importance and prominence as there was no other dynasty to take on.

During the Satvahana period Pallavas served as feudatories to them and hence after the fall of Satvahana dynasty Pallava dynasty became powerful and took control of the states. Pallavas were pastoral tribes who ruled southern part of India for nearly 500years.  Read more here

Pala Empire

Pala Empire

Pala Empire ruled from 8th to 12th century and originated and ruled parts of Bengal and Bihar of India. The founder of Pala Dynasty or Empire is Gopala, and the dynasty was existed for close to 400 years. 

Dharmapala and Devapala who were the son and grandson of Gopala expanded the kingdom extensively. Dharmapala was able to conquer Kannauj and other parts in North India.

Mauryan Empire

One of the most important and significant dynasties that existed before Christ is the Mauryan Empire. The last Nanda ruler Dhana Nanda was arrogant and unpopular due to his strict tax rules. Chandragupta Maurya with the help of Chanakya defeated the Nanda Dynasty and founded the Mauryan Empire in 322 BC.

The Mauryan Empire was founded by Chandragupta Maurya. The empire ruled most of ancient India from 322 BC to 185 BC. The capital of the Mauryan Empire was the Pataliputra (now Patna).  The three important rulers of Mauryan Empire are Chandragupta Maurya (founder ruled from 321-297 BC), his son Bindusara ruled from 297 to 272 BC and Ashoka ruled from 268 to 232 BC. 


Chandragupta with the help of Chanakya raised an army and defeated the Nanda empire in 322 BC. With the vacuum being created by Alexander the Great, Chandra gupta Maurya started expanding his kingdom rapidly towards central and western India. Much of the success of Chandragupta has been credited to Chanakya who was the author of Arthasashtra.  By the end of his reign Chandrapgupta Maurya had extended his supremacy in most parts of Northern India. 

His son Bindusara further extended the empire in the Deccan region of India.


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