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MAGADHA

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Originally appearing in Volume V17, Page 300 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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MAGADHA, an ancient kingdom of India, mentioned in both the'Ramayana and the Mahabadrala. It comprised that portion of Behar lying S. of the Ganges, with its capital at Pataliputra or Patna. As the scene of many incidents in the life of Gautama Buddha, it was a holy land. It was also the seat of the Maurya Empire, founded by Chandragupta, which extended over all India under Asoka; and, later, of the powerful Gupta dynasty.
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