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Anga is described in the Mahabharata as a kingdom in the eastern parts of India.
In the Mahabharata, the Anga king Romapada was a friend of Kosala king Dasharatha. Kosala Princess Santha, elder to Raghava Rama, lived as the daughter of Romapada, since he was childless. Duryodhana established Karna as the ruler of Angas. It is believed that there were many Anga kings who ruled different parts of Anga kingdom, contemporary to Karna. Champapuri was the capital of Anga ruled by Karna. Magadha (south-west Bihar) king Jarasandha gifted another city called Malinipuri, to the Anga king Karna.
The founders of five eastern kingdoms, which included: - Angas (eastern Bihar, Jharkhand and northern West Bengal, India.), Vangas (southern West Bengal and Bangladesh), Kalingas (coastal Orissa), Pundras (northern Bangladesh and West Bengal, India) and Suhmas (north-western Bangladesh and West Bengal, India) shared a common ancestry.