Amoghabhuti

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Amoghabhuti
Kuninda Kingdom
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Silver coin of king Amoghabhuti, c. 1st century BCE.
Obv: Deer standing right, crowned by two cobras, attended by Lakshmi holding a lotus flower. Legend in Prakrit (Brahmi script, from left to right): Rajnah Kunindasya Amoghabhutisya maharajasya ("Great King Amoghabhuti, of the Kunindas").
Rev: Stupa surmounted by the Buddhist symbol triratna, and surrounded by a swastika, a "Y" symbol, and a tree in railing. Legend in Kharoshti script, from righ to left: Rana Kunidasa Amoghabhutisa Maharajasa, ("Great King Amoghabhuti, of the Kunindas").
Reign Late 2nd century BCE to 1st century BCE

Amoghabhuti was a king of the Kuninda Kingdom in northern India, during the late 2nd century BCE to 1st century BCE.

He is well known for his beautiful silver and copper coinage where his name is mentioned, along with his title, Maharaja. His silver coinage followed the silver standard of the Indo-Greek coins, suggesting the existence of commercial exchanges with these neighbours. The obverse of his silver coins bears a legend in Brahmi: Rajnah Kunindasya Amoghabhutisya maharajasya and the reverse bears a legend in Kharoshti: Rana Kunindasa Amoghabhutisa Maharajasa. His copper coins bear on the obverse the same Brahmi legend as his silver issues but the Kharoshti legend on the obverse is replaced by a border of dots.[1][2]

King Amoghabhuti probably was a follower of the Buddhist faith, as indicated by the representation of the Buddhist triratana on his coins.[citation needed] Where the Kuninda coins also contain the symbol of Hindu God Shiva and his form Lord Chitreshwar .

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Lahiri, Bela (1974). Indigenous States of Northern India (Circa 200 B.C. to 320 A.D.), Calcutta: University of Calcutta, pp.235-6
  2. ^ A pageant of Indian culture: art and archaeology by Asoke Kumar Bhattacharyya p.156ff

References[edit]

  1. Bopearachchi, Osmund (1991). Monnaies Gréco-Bactriennes et Indo-Grecques, Catalogue Raisonné (in French). Bibliothèque Nationale de France. ISBN 2-7177-1825-7.