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Sixteen Mahajanapadas General Knowledge Questions

1.

Which among the following dynasties were ruling over Magadha when Alexander invaded India?
[A]Shisunagas
[B]Nandas
[C]Mauryas
[D]Kosalas

Nandas
The ruler of Nanda Dynasty, Dhanananda was the contemporary of Alexander.

2.

In which year, Alexander invaded India?
[A]326 BC
[B]316 BC
[C]346 BC
[D]256 BC

326 BC
Alexander invaded India in 326 BC. In 326 BC, the Battle of Hydaspes was fought between Alexender the great and Porus along the banks of Haydaspes river( Jhelum river) in Punjab. Porus, the King of Paurava, ruled the area between the rivers Hydaspes (modern Jhelum) and Acesines (Chenab). Though, Porus was defeated, Alexendar was impressed by Porus’s might so asked Porus to rule his dynasty under his name.

3.

Who was the founder of Nanda dynasty?
[A]Mahapadmananda
[B]Shisunaga
[C]Dhanananda
[D]Nandivardhan

Mahapadmananda
Mahapadmananda (345 BC – 329 BC) was the founder of Nanda dynasty. Mahapadmananda was also known as Ekarat and Sarvakshatrantaka.

4.

Which among the following rulers is often described as ‘the first empire builder of Indian History’?
[A]Dhanananda
[B]Mahapadmananda
[C]Bimbisara
[D]Chandragupta Maurya

Mahapadmananda
The founder of Nanda dynasty, Mahapadmananda is often described as ‘the first empire builder of Indian History’.

5.

Who was the last ruler of Shisunaga dynasty?
[A]Kalashoka
[B]Nandivardhan
[C]Naga-Dasak
[D]Udayin

Nandivardhan
The last ruler of Haryanka dynasty, Nagadasaka was over thrown by his amatya (or governor) Shisunaga and he established Shisunaga dynasty in 412 BC. Nandivardhan (367 BC–345 BC) was the last ruler of this Shisunaga dynasty.

6.

What was the other name of Bimbisara?
[A]Shrenika
[B]Ekarat
[C]Sarvakshatrantaka
[D]Shalimal

Shronika
As per the Jain literature, Bimbisara (who was the real founder of Haryanka dynasty) was also known as Shrenika.

7.

Which physician was sent by Bimbisara to treat Avanti King Pradyota?
[A]Jivaka
[B]Udayin
[C]Kalashoka
[D]Both a & b

Jivaka
The royal physician, Jivaka, was sent by Bimbisara to treat Avanti King Pradyota, who was ailing with Jaundice.

8.

Viratnagar, capital of Matsya mahajanpada located in which region ?
[A]Malwa
[B]Peshawar
[C]Jaipur
[D]Bundelkhand

Jaipur Viratnagar, capital of Matsya mahajanpada located near present Jaipur. It was used as a hiding place by Pandavas during 13th year of their exile.

9.

Ancient Indraprastha was capital of which of the following Mahajanapada?
[A]Kuru
[B]Matsya
[C]Panchal
[D]Vajji

Kuru Indraprastha, capital of Kuru Mahajanpada located in Meerut Delhi region.

10.

Which of the following was the capital of Northern Panchalas?
[A]Ahicchatra
[B]Kampilya
[C]Vajji
[D]Panchal

Ahicchatra The Northern Panchalas had their capital at Ahicchatra. On the other hand, Southern Panchalas had their capital at Kampilya.

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