Most Ancient Rulers : Mauryan Dynasty
Commercial Center : Ujjain
Eminent Polymath : Paramars King Bhoj
Foreign Influences : Mughals and British
In the epicenter of the cultural land of India lies the land that has been an attestant of the thousand years of grandeur and aura. Madhya Pradesh has seen it all. Ruled by almost all the thriving kingdoms of the country, the history of Madhya Pradesh goes back to the 6th century B.C, which saw the emergence of Avanti (now Ujjain) as a major center and chief city of the territory. The uniqueness of the state lies in the co existence of the different kingdoms on the same land at the same time. Due to its extensity in terms of area this land was divided into many regions and as a result was ruled by various kings.
Chandragupta Maurya established the Mauryan empire in Madhya Pradesh in 320 BC. His reigns covered all the regions of the state. Succeeded by king Ashoka this territory flourished in his reign. After embracing Buddhism he made monuments that still stand to speak of his gloriole. After the death of Asoka this land saw a decline in the prosperity ans was ruled by some local clans. However, with time Ujjain reemerged as a commercial an important Buddhist pilgrimage center. After the diminution of the Mauryan age, came into being the classic age when Madhya Pradesh was ruled by the Gupta kings. The attack of the white Huns brought down the Gupta empire which was then captured by King Harsha Vardhan.
Medieval period saw the rise of the Rajput kingdom and Pramara King Bhoj, a prolific writer and an intellectual genius. However, during the medieval period this land saw the rise and downfall of various kingdoms. The transition from the medieval to the modern era was covered by the Mughal ruler Akbar, who ruled this land for around 100 years. After the death of Aurangzeb in 1707 Ad was the time when the Mughal control began to weaken. The Marathas under the supervision of the Peshwas were the next rulers of the state. The third battle of Panipat in 1761 however marked an end of the Maratha kingdom in Madhya Pradesh. Then came the British who made this a princely state and an agency that was known as Gwalior Agency and it was the fourth most populous agency in India.
Today Madhya Pradesh stands as a point of vantage and endures the richness and grandness that was once its reflection. The rise and fall of the sundry cultures is reflective in the culture, traditions and art and craft of the region. The mish mash of cultures created a colourful mixture and caused a great and vibrant impact on the people of the area. Madhya Pradesh is a silent drogue of the rich and dynamic accomplishments of history. A little bit of every rule had added some spice to the culture of the state making it the most exotic in the nation. Come to Madhya Pradesh to experience a specific culture that cannot be relished anywhere else in the country.
Top 5 Highlights of MP History
Coetaneousness of Varied Culture
Ashoka's Gift to MP
Grandeur of the Rulers
The Land of Paramars King Bhoj
The Cities that Emblematize Prodigiousness
of Madhya Pradesh
Rajasthan Tour With Splendorous Taj
Glorious Golden Triangles (I & II)
Mahal - Agra