Heheya Kingdom

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Heheya kingdom (also known as Haihaya, Haiheya, Heiheya, etc.) was one of the many kingdoms ruled by Chandravanshi Kshatriya kings in the central and western India. It was the strongest of the kingdoms and had the powerful ruler Kartavirya Arjuna who even defeated Rakshasa Ravana. Its capital was Mahishmati (modern city of Maheshwar) on the banks of river Narmada in Madhya Pradesh. They conquered many other kingdoms of India. However, the enmity with the warrior-type Brahmins by the name of Bhargavas resulted in their demise. Parasurama was the Bhargava leader under whom they were exterminated. Talajangha was an allied kingdom of Heheya, probably to the east of it. This is however, considered to be largely fiction and there is no historical evidence for this.

References in Mahabharata

Disputes with the Ikswaku Kings

Sagara was a king of Kosala Kingdom, ruling from Ayodhya. He was born in the lineage of Ikshwaku. Ikshwakus were a famous royal dynasty of ancient India. Sagara is mentioned as the son of Jadu, at (12,56). He had an army of 60,000 men, all of who he treated as his sons.

The Ikswaku king Sagara is said to have defeated the Haihayas and the Talajanghas. He brought under subjection the whole of the military caste. (3,106)

The Haihayas and Talajanghas of Vatsa Kingdom

  • MBh (13,30)


Haihayas and Talajanghas probably had their origin in Vatsa Kingdom. Haihayas in Vatsa kingdom, known collectively as Vitahavyas, under their king named Vitahavya, attacked the...
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