Kanauj

Kanauj

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Kannauj

(both: kənouj`), town (1991 pop. 58,932), Uttar Pradesh state, N central India, on the Ganges River. It is a market center for tobacco, perfume, and rose water. A very ancient town and a center of Brahmanic culture, its name was Kanyakubja. Called Kanogiza by Ptolemy, it was important during Gupta empire (320 B.C.–A.D. c.480). Later, Kanauj was a brilliant cultural center and the capital of HarshaHarsha
, b. c.590, Indian emperor (606–47). He became (606) king of a small state in the upper Ganges Valley, and by 612 he had built up a vast army with which he forged nearly all India N of the Narmada River into an empire.
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's empire in the 7th cent. In the 9th cent. it became the capital of the Pratihara empire. During that period, it was famous for its poets. Kanauj declined after being conquered by Turkish tribes under Mahmud of GhaznaMahmud of Ghazna
, 971?–1030, Afghan emperor and conqueror. He defeated (c.999) his elder brother to gain control of Khorasan (in Iran) and of Afghanistan. In his raids against the states of N India, Mahmud, a staunch Muslim, destroyed Hindu temples, forced conversions to
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 in 1018.
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But in the course of his tour, this unfortunate reformer fell into the hands of the king of Garlog, whom Sarat Chandra Das conjectures to have been either the Raja of Garhwal or the Raja of Kanauj. Amin Chand's version, however, makes him out the king of certain mountain tribes to the north-west; and Francke identifies Garlog with Turkestan.
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A Brahman of Vidarbha (the part of central India later called Berar), Bhavabhuti passed his literary life chiefly at the court of Yasovarman of Kanauj. He is best known as the author of three plays: Mahaviracarita ("Exploits of the Great Hero"), which gives in seven acts the main incidents in the Ramayana up to the defeat of Ravana and the coronation of Rama; Malati Madhava ("Malati and Madhava"), a domestic drama in 10 acts abounding in stirring, though sometimes improbable, incidents; and Uttararamacarita ("The Later Deeds of Rama"), which continues the story of Rama from his coronation to the banishment of Sita and their final reunion.
Was there really any need to study the historical past of Chandragupta of Pataliputra, or Harsha of Kanauj, the rise of the Chola kings of Tanjore and the fall of the Pallava kings of Kanchi, who once built the Seven Pagodas of Mahabalipuram, or the final desolation and ruin of the great metropolis of Vijayanagar, when we had dynastic shifts, turbulence, and plenty of lather in the last twenty years of that great Hindu inheritance, shampoo?
Principal battles: Chitor (1535); Chaunsha (Buxar) (1539); Kanauj (Kannauj) (1540); Sirhind (region in the Punjab) (1555).
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