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Kanva dynasty

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Capital  Pataliputra
Established  75 BCE
Preceded by  Succeeded by
Government  monarchy
Disestablished  30 BCE
Kanva dynasty

The Kanva dynasty or Kanvayana was a Brahmin dynasty that replaced the Shunga dynasty in Magadha, and ruled in the Eastern part of India from 75 BCE to 30 BCE.

The last ruler of the Shunga dynasty, Devabhuti, was overthrown by Vasudeva of the Kanva dynasty in 75 BC. The Kanva ruler allowed the kings of the Shunga dynasty to continue to rule in obscurity in a corner of their former dominions. Magadha was ruled by four Kanva rulers. According to the Puranas, their dynasty was brought to an end by the Satavahanas.


The first ruler of Kanva dynasty was Vasudeva. He was succeeded by his son Bhumimitra. Coins bearing the legend Bhumimitra have been discovered from Panchala realm. Bhumimitra ruled for fourteen years and was later succeeded by his son Narayana. Narayana ruled for twelve years. He was succeeded by his son Susharman who was the last king of Kanva dynasty.

  • Vasudeva (c. 75 – c. 66 BCE)
  • Bhumimitra (c. 66 – c. 52 BCE)
  • Narayana (c. 52 – c. 40 BCE)
  • Susharman (c. 40 – c. 30 BCE)
  • References

    Kanva dynasty Wikipedia