In northern and western India, any of 16 large territories or kingdoms that were established by about 600 BC. By the 5th century BC three of these, Kosala, Magadha, and Vatsa, had expanded to become...
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The Janapadas (Sanskrit: जनपद pron) were the major realms republics or kingdoms of Vedic (Iron Age) India from about 1200 BC to the 6th century BC, which were then divided into the sixteen classical Mahajanapadas. ==Etymology== The term janapada is a tatpurusha compound term, composed of janas `people` or `subject` (cf. Latin cognate g...
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