Arts and sculpture were given more importance in the period of Satavahanas | Satavahanas ruled from 230 BC to 220 AD
After the death of Asoka in 232 BC, Satavahanas had declared independence by themselves and they ruled for 450 years. Satavahanas were contemporary to Maurya kings and their rule was from 230 BC to 220 AD. There are many different opinions about the rule of Satavahanas. Satakarni ruled for 56 years in the Satavahana dynasty and they used to rule the regions between Krishna and Godavari rivers and few regions in Andhra. After that they ruled from Junnar (Pune), Prathisthan (Paithan) in Maharashtra and Dharanikota or Amaravati in the south. Satavahanas were the first to prepare the coins among the local rulers who ruled India. They used to print the images of the kings and their culture on the coins. With the help of these coins, historians came to know about the Satavahana’s culture and their lifestyle.
The historians recognized that the Satavahana kings are the ones with curly hair, long ears and thick lips through the pictures of the coins. Satavahanas are the people who give importance to the arts. Gathasaptasati was written by Hala and he became popular by writing this book. Satavahanas had worked for the Buddhist arts and sculpture and they had established large stupas on the banks of river Krishna. Satavahanas also established stupas in Amravati which depict the life of Buddha and these stupas are constructed with marble. Buddhism had spread a lot over Asia and other regions in their period only. Satavahanas had tried a lot to make the Buddhist stupa in Sanchi.