Consider the following pairs of Mahajanapadas with their Capitals:

  1. Surasena→ Mathura
  2. Kosala→ Sravasti
  3. Vatsa→ Kausambi

  Which of the above is/are correct?

Answer: [D] 1, 2 & 3

The country of Surasenas was in the west of Yamuna. This corresponds roughly to the Brij region of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gwalior region of Madhya Pradesh. It had its capital at Mathura. The country of Kosala was located to the north-west of Magadha, with its capital at Savatthi (Sravasti) near Ayodhya. The Vatsa or Vamsa country corresponded with the territory of modern Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh. It had a monarchical form of government with its capital at Kausambi.

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