Q. Consider the following statements:
1.The first known ruler of Magadha was Bimbisara of the Shisunaga dynasty.
2.He extended the territory of Magadhan Empire by conquests only.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
Explanation: Among the 16 mahajanapadas, Kasi was initially powerful. However, Kosala became dominant later.
- A power struggle broke out between Magadha, Kosala, Vrijji and Avanti. Eventually Magadha emerged as the dominant mahajanapada and established the first Indian empire.
- The first known ruler of Magadha was Bimbisara of the Haryanka dynasty. He extended the territory of Magadhan Empire by matrimonial alliances and conquests.
Source: Tamil Nadu NCERT