Suktimati

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Suktimati (Shuktimati, Sukti[1]) was the capital city of the Chedi Kingdom in India. It lay on the banks of the river Shuktimati flowing through Chedi. It was built by a Chedi king known as Uparichara vasu. In the Mahabharata, it has been quoted that this river gave birth to twins (a boy and a girl) through its association with a mountain called Kolahala. The river then gives the twins to king Uparichara Vasu. King Vasu makes the boy the commander of his armies and marries the girl, Girika.[2]

Shuktimati is the Sanskrit form of the name; it is referred to as Sotthivati-nagara in the Pali-language Buddhist texts.[3]

The location of Suktimati has not been established with certainty. Historian Hem Chandra Raychaudhuri and F. E. Pargiter believed that it was in the vicinity of Banda, Uttar Pradesh.[4] Archaeologist Dilip Kumar Chakrabarti has proposed that Suktimati can be identified as the ruins of a large early historical city, at a place with the modern-day name Itaha, on the outskirts of Rewa, Madhya Pradesh.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rise of the Chedis". IndiaJourney.com. Archived from the original on 18 May 2006. Retrieved 2007-10-24.
  2. ^ Ganguli, Kisari Mohan (2004). The Mahabharata of Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa. Kessinger Publishing. p. 154. ISBN 1-4191-7125-9.
  3. ^ Raychaudhuri, Hem Chandra (1923), Political history of ancient India, from the accession of Parikshit to the extinction of the Gupta dynasty, p. 66
  4. ^ Raychaudhuri, Hem Chandra (1923), Political history of ancient India, from the accession of Parikshit to the extinction of the Gupta dynasty, p. 66
  5. ^ Chakrabarti, Dilip Kumar (2000), "Mahajanapada States of Early Historic India", in Hansen, Mogens Herman, A Comparative Study of Thirty City-state Cultures: An Investigation, p. 387