Origin of Nanda dynasty | Mahapadma Nanda, the king who ruled the Nanda dynasty for more years in its 100 years history.
In India, the Nanda dynasty had originated from the Magadha dynasty in the 5th B.C and 4th B.C. The dynasty was extended up to Bengal in the east side, Punjab in the west and the Vindhya mountains in south. The historians say that Mahapadma Nanda was the king who destroyed the Kshtriyas. There are few stories which tell that Padmananda was not born to Kshtriya but was born to a Sutra lady. Padmananda lived for 88 years and in the history of 100 years of the Nanda dynastyâ€™s rule, Padmananda ruled for most of the years. He occupied the thrown in 362 B.C. Few people say that Nandas are the first ones to establish the dynasty in Indian history. The Nanda kings had gathered the army to conquer all the dynasties and extend the Magadha dynasty. They took 2,00,000 infantry, 80,000 cavalry, 8000 war chariots and 6000 war elephants.
In the aim to extend the Nanda dynasty, Nanda king had defeated Kalinga dynasty. The Kalinga dynasty was developed financially even though it had lost the independence. Mahapadma Nanda had prepared the irrigation facilities in the Kalinga dynasty as there was drought. The coins and pots found in the Asurga in Kalahandhi district in Orissa and in Sonapur region in Balangir district had reflected the financial status in the Nandas rule. After Mahapadma Nanda, his eight sons had ruled the dynasty one after the other. Chandragupta Maurya had defeated the last Nanda king. During the time of war between the Nanda king and Chandragupta Maurya, Kalinga dynasty had declared it as independent. The Nanda dynasty was ended with the succession of thrown by Chandragupta Maurya.