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In the previous thread we learned that, Devagupta of Malwa allied with Gauda ruler Shashank of Bengal and attacked Kannauj and killed Maukhari ruler Grahavarma

and imprisoned Queen Rajyashri.
On the other hand, Rajyashri's brothers , Rajya-vardhana and Harsh-vardhana became distressed after knowing about her misery

Rajya-vardhana performed his brother's duty, he attacked Devagupta
Devgupta and his army could not stand in front of the Rajya-vardhana's anger.

In this war, Rajya-vardhana succeeded in defeating Devgupta
Rajya-vardhana also wanted to kill Shashank शशांक

But Shashank was not an ordinary warrior, he knew various combat techniques.

Apart from being a warrior , he was also very vicious
Shashank planed a conspiracy, he invited Rajya-vardhana for peace talks.

Rajya-vardhana went to Shashanka's camp without thinking

Taking advantage of the opportunity Shashank fraudulently killed unarmed 'Rajya-vardhana'
The future of illustrious Kingdom of Pushyabhutis seemed uncertain

The responsiblity of such a wavering empire fell on the small shoulders of Harsh-vardhana (Aka Harsha)
in 606 A.D. he ascended the thtone of Thaneshwar

at this time Harsh-vardhana was only 16 years old
The first task in front of Harsha was to avenge his brother's murder and free his sister Rajyasri from captivity.

He took the historic oath to eradicate 'Gaudas' from the earth
He tied up with the king of Kamarupa (Assam) 'Bhaskar-varmana' भास्करवर्मन and attacked 'Shashank'

But during this time Harsha got the news of his sister Rajyasri escaping from jail & feeling towards the forests of Vindhya

Harsha had to leave the battlefield to save her
And Harsha's first attack on Shashank proved to be the failure

But after the death of Shashank Harsha was occupying the western part of Bengal and eastern part was occupied by his friend Bhaskar-varmana
How Harsha conquered Bengal is not clear but Bengal & Magadha were included in Harsha's empire

Dr. R.C. Mujumdar makes it clear that after Shashank's death, his territories were conquered by Harsha and Bhaskar-varmana between 638 and 642 A.D. reslectively
Chinese traveller Huen Tsang who was on a tour of India during Harsha's reign also made it clear in his Travelogue (Si-Yu-Ki) that Bengal, Orissa and Magadha had become parts of Harsha's empire
After winning the eastern part of the country Harsh-vardhana started the conquest of western region

On the west side Harsha conquered Malwas , Gurjaras and Vallabhis
With these victories , he exercised his influence over the kings of Punjab, Sindh, Kashmir and Nepal.
Harsha had also turned to south where the Chalukya king of Badami 'Pulakeshin II' defeated him badly

But still the influence of Harsha remained on the kings of North & Western regions
Harsh-vardhana unified the kingdoms of Thaneshwar and Kannauj and chose Kannauj as his capital
The result of Harsha's war campaigns was that his empire spread from the Himalayas to the Vindhya mountains and from Gujrat to Bengal

After the great Gupta Empire, such an integration of North India was a unique achievement at that time

The Ancient History of Bengal
By Dr. R.C. Mujumdar

Harshcharitam by Banabtta

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