Maukhari dynasty

Maukhari Empire
c. 550 CE–c. 800 CE
Maukharis and their contemporaries in India
Capital Kannauj
Common languages Sanskrit
Religion Hinduism
Government Monarchy
Historical era Classical India
c. 550 CE
c. 800 CE
Preceded by
Gupta Empire

The Maukhari dynasty was a royal Indian dynasty that controlled vast areas of Northern India for over six generations. They earlier served as vassals of the Guptas as well as related to Harsha and his short-lived Vardhan dynasty. The Maukharis established their independence at Kannauj, during the 6th century. The dynasty ruled over much of Uttar Pradesh and Magadha. Around 606 CE, a large area of their empire was reconquered by the Later Guptas.[1]


The known Maukhari rulers of madhya-desha include:[2]

  • Hari-varman
  • Aditya-varman
  • Ishvara-varman (Iśvaravarman)
  • Ishana-varman (Iśanavarman), r. c. 550-560 CE
  • Sharva-varman (Śarvavarman), r. c. 560-575 CE
  • Avanti-varman, r. c. 575-600 CE
  • Graha-varman, r. c. 600-605 CE

The Nagarjuni cave inscriptions attest the existence of another Maukhari branch. This branch ruled as feudatories, probably that of the Later Guptas. The known rulers of this branch include:[3]

  • Nrpa Shri Yajna-varman
  • Nrpa Samantachudamani Shri Shardula-varman
  • Ananta-varman

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