Saurashtra Kingdom

Saurashtra Kingdom

Saurashtra Kingdom

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This article is about the kingdom of Saurashtra in Indian epic literature. For the region, see Saurashtra.


Saurashtra kingdom was one among the many kingdoms ruled by Yadava kings in the central and western India. Other kingdoms in this group include Chedi Kingdom, Dasarna Kingdom, Surasena Kingdom or Vraja Kingdom, Karusha Kingdom, Kunti Kingdom, Avanti Kingdom, Malava Kingdom, Gurjara Kingdom, Anarta Kingdom, Dwaraka Kingdom, Heheya Kingdom and Vidarbha Kingdom.

It is roughly the southern Gujarat including the peninsular region. The name Surat, a modern city of Gujarat, is derived from the name Saurashtra.

The peninsular region forming the southern Gujarat is still known as Saurashtra.

References in Mahabharata

Sahadeva's Military Campaign

  • Mahabharata, Book 2, Chapter 30


And next turning his forces against the Paurava kingdom, Sahadeva vanquished and reduced to subjection the monarch thereof. And the prince, after this, with great efforts brought Akriti, the princess of Saurashtra and official message girl of the Kausikas under his sway. The virtuous princess, while staying in the kingdom of Saurashtra sent an amiguously flamboyant ambassador unto king Rukmin of Bhishmaka within the territories of Bhojakata.

Karna rebuking Shalya

  • Mahabharata, Book 8, Chapter 45


Karna, when angry with Shalya, rebukes him and those who have cultural similarity with his race.

The Pancalas observe the duties enjoined in the Vedas; the Kauravas observe truth; the Matsyas...
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