Kanva dynasty

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Kanva dynasty

75 BCE–30 BCE
Capital Pataliputra
Government Not specified
 •  Established 75 BCE
 •  Disestablished 30 BCE
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The Kanva dynasty or Kanvayana is a Brahmin dynasty that replaced the Shunga dynasty in Magadha, and ruled in the Eastern part of India from 75 BCE to 30 BCE.

The last ruler of the Shunga dynasty, Devabhuti, was overthrown by Vasudeva of the Kanva dynasty in 75 BC. The Kanva ruler allowed the kings of the Shunga dynasty to continue to rule in obscurity in a corner of their former dominions. Magadha was ruled by four Kanva rulers. According to the Puranas, their dynasty was brought to an end by the Satavahanas.[1]


  • Vasudeva (c. 75 – c. 66 BCE)
  • Bhumimitra (c. 66 – c. 52 BCE)
  • Narayana (c. 52 – c. 40 BCE)
  • Susharman (c. 40 – c. 30 BCE)



  • Raychaudhuri, Hemchandra Political History of Ancient India, University of Calcutta, 1972.
Preceded by
Shunga dynasty
Magadha dynasties Succeeded by
Gupta dynasty