Indian Empires

The Maurya and Gupta Empires

An ancient Hindu temple built during the Gupta Empire.

The Dashavatara temple was one of the many Hindu temples built during the Gupta Empire. This one is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu.

(deogarh01, Wikipedia Commons)

Indian civilization started along the Indus river valley but spread across the whole Indian subcontinent. India is refered to as a subcontinent because it is a large landmass located below Asia. Other geographic parts of India include the Deccan Plateu, the Ganges river, and the seasonal monsoons.

Both the Maurya and the Gupta empires were found in India. Both were considered a golden age for India. Ashoka, the greatest ruler of the Mauryans, conquered most of India across the Deccan Plateau. He was most known for practicing ahimsa or nonviolence and spreading Buddhism but being tolerant of all religions.

The Gupta Empire came later and established India as a growing center of arts, culture, and learning. The concept of zero, the decimal system, and advances in medicine were achievements of the Gupta empire. (The Regents loves to ask about this)

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