History for kids 
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The downfall of the Gupta Empire in the middle of the sixth 
century brought about the breakup of the northern Indian 
kin...
Prabhakar Vardhan, ruler of Sthanvisvara, Thanesar (in pre-sent 
day Haryaya) was the first ruler of the Vardhana dy-nasty...
Harsha was consequently crowned the new ruler and he 
proved to be a great conqueror and administrator. He first 
united t...
Harsha then moved towards the south only to be stopped 
by Pulakesi II of Vatapi. As a result the Narmada became 
the sout...
Banabhatta, Harsha's court poet wrote the Harsha Chari-tam, 
the first historical poetic work on King Harsha. The 
Harsha ...
Later on in his life, King Harsha, a Shaivite by birth became 
a follower of Buddhism. He constructed various stupas in 
t...
For more Educational articles and video for kids, visit: mocomi.com/learn/ 
Harsha ruled ably for 41 years. However as he ...
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  1. 1. History for kids mocomi.com/learn/history/ UN F FORME! Copyright 2012 Mocomi & Anibrain Digital Technologies Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved. ©
  2. 2. The downfall of the Gupta Empire in the middle of the sixth century brought about the breakup of the northern Indian kingdom into many small republics and monarchy states. Punjab and parts of central India had been taken over by the Huns regime, however over time, their power weak-ened as they assimilated with the native population. Han Empire UN F FORME! Copyright 2012 Mocomi & Anibrain Digital Technologies Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved. ©
  3. 3. Prabhakar Vardhan, ruler of Sthanvisvara, Thanesar (in pre-sent day Haryaya) was the first ruler of the Vardhana dy-nasty. He had two sons. The elder son Rajya Vardhana as-cended the throne after his father. His younger son was Harsha Vardhana. Rajya Vardhana was deceived and murdered by King Gauda, at which point a young sixteen year old Harsha swore to take revenge. Harsha waged war against King Gauda and won the battle. UN F FORME! Copyright 2012 Mocomi & Anibrain Digital Technologies Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved. ©
  4. 4. Harsha was consequently crowned the new ruler and he proved to be a great conqueror and administrator. He first united the kingdoms of Thanesar and Kannauj and then went on to bring Bengal, Bihar & Odisha under his com-mand. He married off his daughter to Dhruvasena whom he had defeated in Gujarat. Harsha’s Empire UN F FORME! Copyright 2012 Mocomi & Anibrain Digital Technologies Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved. ©
  5. 5. Harsha then moved towards the south only to be stopped by Pulakesi II of Vatapi. As a result the Narmada became the southern limit of Harsha's empire. Under Harsha the small republics from Punjab to central India were reunited. Like many kings of that time, Harsha was a true patron of the arts. He supported the Nalanda university with finan-cial grants. He was also an author of repute having penned Sanskrit plays like Nagananda, Ratnavali and Priyadarsika. UN F FORME! Copyright 2012 Mocomi & Anibrain Digital Technologies Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved. ©
  6. 6. Banabhatta, Harsha's court poet wrote the Harsha Chari-tam, the first historical poetic work on King Harsha. The Harsha Charitam is replete with the king's achievements and deeds. Harsha's capital city, Kannauj extended 6 to 8 kilometers along the river Ganges. The city was filled with magnifi-cent buildings & structures. He also had a systematic tax structure in place. One fourth of the taxes went towards the administration of his empire. The rest were given away to charities and to further the arts & cultural endeavors in his kingdom. Trade too flourished during his reign. UN F FORME! Copyright 2012 Mocomi & Anibrain Digital Technologies Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved. ©
  7. 7. Later on in his life, King Harsha, a Shaivite by birth became a follower of Buddhism. He constructed various stupas in the name of Buddha. Under him all religions and schools of thought like Jainism and Buddhism enjoyed freedom of ex-pression. UN F FORME! Copyright 2012 Mocomi & Anibrain Digital Technologies Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved. ©
  8. 8. For more Educational articles and video for kids, visit: mocomi.com/learn/ Harsha ruled ably for 41 years. However as he had no heirs, the kingdom disintegrated after his demise. Soon after his death, the Pratihars of Malwa, Palas of Bengal & the Rash-trakutas of the Deccan all fought for control over northern India. With King Harsha's passing the idea of a single kingdom ruling northern India disintegrated. UN F FORME! Copyright 2012 Mocomi & Anibrain Digital Technologies Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved. ©

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