Mahameghavahana dynasty

Maha-Meghavahana Dynasty
c. 250s BC–c. 5th century CE
Capital Not specified
Religion Jainism
Government Monarchy
King Kharavela
Historical era Classical India
   Established c. 250s BC
   Disestablished c. 5th century CE
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Maurya Empire
Gupta Empire

The Mahameghavahana dynasty (Odia: ମହାମେଘବାହନ; Mahā-Mēgha-Bāhana, c. 250s BC to 5th century AD) was an ancient ruling dynasty of Kalinga (modern-day Odisha state) after the decline of the Maurya Empire. The third ruler of the dynasty, Kharavela is known by his Hathigumpha inscription.

Although religiously tolerant, Kharavela patronised Jainism.[1][2]


  1. Hampa Nagarajaiah (1999). A History of the Early Ganga Monarchy and Jainism. Ankita Pustaka. p. 10. ISBN 978-81-87321-16-3.
  2. Kailash Chand Jain (2010). History of Jainism. D. K. Print World (P) Limited. p. 437. ISBN 978-81-246-0547-9.

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