Kingdom of Kapisi

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The Kingdom of Kapisi was located in what is now Afghanistan.[when?] The kingdom stretched from the Hindu Kush in the north to Bamiyan and Kandahar in the south and west, out as far as Jalalabad District in the east.[1] The kingdom was, for a time,[when?] under the Turki Sahi house.[2]

The Kingdom of Kapisi was, in the Chinese chronicles Book of Sui, associated with the Kingdom of Cao.[3]

Around 600 AD, the Chinese Buddhist monk Xuanzang made a pilgrimage to Kapisi, and described there the cultivation of rice and wheat, and a king of the Suli tribe. In his chronicle, he relates that in Kapisi were over 6,000 monks of a heretical sect of the Mahayana school of Buddhism.[4]

At one point, Bagram was the capital of the kingdom, though in the 7th century, the center of power of Kapisi shifted to Kabul.[5]


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  2. ^ Buddha Prakash . Glimpses of ancient Panjab. Sita Ram Kohli memorial lectures. Punjabi University, Dept. of Punjab Historical Studies, 1966 [2]
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