Vasudeva Kanva

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Vasudeva Kanva
Founder of Kanva dynasty
Reign c. 75 – c. 66 BCE (9 years)
Predecessor Devabhuti
Successor Bhumimitra
Issue Bhumimitra
Dynasty Kanva

Vasudeva Kanva (c. 75 – c. 66 BCE) was the founder of the Kanva dynasty. Vasudeva Kanva was a Brahmin king. He was originally an Amatya (minister) of last Shunga ruler Devabhuti. Bana's Harshacharita informs us that he came to power after the death of Devabhuti by a daughter of his slave woman disguised as his queen. He was succeeded by his son Bhumimitra.[1][2] King Vasudeva was one of the famous patrons of arts.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rao, B.V. World history from early times to A D 2000. Sterling Publishers. p. 97. 
  2. ^ Shankar, Rama. History of Ancient India. Tripathi. p. 189. 
  3. ^ Kennedy Warder, Anthony. Indian Kavya Literature, Volume 2. p. 114. 


  • Lahiri, Bela: Indigenous States of Northern India (circa 200 B.C. - 320 A.D.), University of Calcutta, 1974.
  • Raychaudhuri, Hemchandra: Political History of Ancient India, University of Calcutta, 1972.

Preceded by
Kanva dynasty
c. 75 BCE
Succeeded by