Surasena

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This article is about the historical region. For the depiction in Indian epic literature, see Shurasena.
Surasena Mahajanapada
Mahajanapada
(c. 600 BCE–c. 300 BCE)
Anga
Assaka (Asmaka)
Avanti
Chedi
Gandhara
Kashi
Kamboja
Kosala
Kuru
Magadha
Malla (Mallarashtra)
Machcha (Matsya)
Panchala
Surasena
Vriji
Vatsa (Vamsa)

Surasena (or Sourasena) (Sanskrit: शूरसेन, Śūrasena) was an ancient Indian region corresponding to the present-day Braj region in Uttar Pradesh. According to the Buddhist text Anguttara Nikaya, It is mentioned in the Ramayana as an earlier Janapada state from at least 1000BCE. Surasena was one of the solasa (sixteen) Mahajanapadas (powerful realms) in the 7th century BCE.[1] The ancient Greek writers refer the region as Sourasenoi and mention its capital as Methora.[2]

Etymology[edit]

There are several traditions regarding the etymology of its name. According to one tradition, it was derived from a famed Yadava king Surasena, while others see it as an extension of Surabhir (Abhira) or Ahir.[3][4] It was the sacred land of Lord Krishna in which he was born, raised, and ruled.[5]

History[edit]

The Mahabharata and the Puranas refer the rulers of the Mathura region as the Yadus or Yadavas, divided into a number of septs, which include the Vrishnis.[6][7] The Buddhist texts refer to Avantiputta, the king of the Surasenas in the time of Maha Kachchana, one of the chief disciples of Gautama Buddha, who spread Buddhism in the Mathura region.[6]

Its capital, Mathura, was situated on the bank of the river Yamuna, presently a sacred place for the Hindus. The ancient Greek writers mention about another city named Cleisobora in this region.[2]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Raychaudhuri 1972, p. 85
  2. ^ a b Raychaudhuri 1972, p. 124
  3. ^ Shalomim Y. Halahawi (2007). The Way! the Prophetic Messianic Voice to the Path of the Edenic Kingdom Redemption. Lulu.com, 2007 ISBN 1430308168, 9781430308164. p. 315. ISBN 9781430308164. 
  4. ^ New Indian Antiquary (1943). New Indian Antiquary, Volumes 5-6. Karnatak Publishing House., Original from the University of California. p. 127. 
  5. ^ Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland (1899). Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland. Cambridge University Press for the Royal Asiatic Society, Original from the University of Michigan. p. 322. 
  6. ^ a b Raychaudhuri 1972, p. 128
  7. ^ Singh 2008, p. 264

Sources[edit]

  1. Raychaudhuri, H.C. (1972), Political History of Ancient India: From the Accession of Parikshit to the Extinction of the Gupta Dynasty, Calcutta: University of Calcutta .
  2. Singh, Upinder (2008), A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India: From the Stone Age to the 12th Century, Delhi: Pearson Education, ISBN 978-81-317-1677-9 .

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