Historical Aspects of Kulindas or Kunindas Janpad of Uttarakhand (1400-400 B.C.)

Historical Aspects of Kulindas or Kunindas Janpad of Uttarakhand (1400-400 B.C.)
History of Kumaon, Garhwal (Uttarakhand) – Part 23
Historical Aspects of Ancient communities of Kumaon-Garhwal (Uttarakhand), Himalayas-20
Historical Aspects of Kulindas or Kunindas Janpad of Uttarakhand (1400-400 B.C.) part-1

Bhishma Kukreti
The Kulindas or Kunindas Period
Most or all the historians support the theory that there were kingdom /kingdoms of Kulindas or Kunindas in Saharanpur, Himachal, Garhwal, and Kumaon including Nepal before Buddhist period. Mahabharata throws light on Kulindas or Kunindas communities. There mentions of Kulindas and Kunindas in Panini’s Ashtadhyayi . The coins found in Behit, Sharanpour , Srinagar are having Kulindas words. That suggests that Kulindas or Kunindas regime was till 300-400 BCE. Dr Dabral taking the clue from Mahabharata suggests the period of King Subahu of Kulindas or Kunindas was around 1400-1000 B.C.
Though there are least evidences but it might be said that Kulindas or Kunindas regime was from 1400-400 BCE.
Mahabharata mentions that Pandavas travelled Uttarakhand with the help of Subahu the Kulindas or Kunindas kingdom.
Kulindas or Kunindas Territories in Uttarakhand
As per Mahabharata, King Subahu of Kulindas or Kunindas ruled the territories from Gangadwar (Haridwar/Hardwar) till Nepal (Vanparva 140/25). Historians found coins related to Kukindas or Kunindas from Satlaj (Punjab, Himachal) to Kali River (Kumaon). According to Talmi (7/1/42) the Kulindas or Kunindas regime was from Satlaj to eastern part of Yamuna and source of Ganges Rivers (Uttarakhand).
Mountain Shrines in Kulindas and Kunindas
Mahabharata mentions the names of hills of Uttarakhand related to Subahu and Kulindas or Kunindas regime. These shrines are Ushirbij (hills near Kankhal), Kalshail ( Kalsi hills), Nagshat (Nagtibba hills) and Neelparvat ( eastern part of Neeldhara), Kailas shrines, badrikashram, Shwetgiri (might be Mana). Dabral suggests that Gandhmadhan of Mahabharata are the shrines from Shrinagar to Nar and The Narayan near Badrinath.
The shrines of nearby Hemkut of Mahabharata are Nanda Shrines. Mandarchal shrine of Mahabharata is today’s shrines from Ranihat to Kedar valley and still the name is Mandrachal. Meru of Mahabharata is nearby shrines of Gangotari. There were Bugyal (pushpudyan or flower gardens) in Yamunaparvat. Harivars mountain of Mahbharata is near Nanda Devi Mountains.
Dabral suggest that Neelparvat, Kraunch Parvat, Manas dwar, Malyvan, Munjpusht, Brishdansh of Mahabharata might be situated near India-Tibetan border. Dabral suggests that Malyavan shrine would be today’s Joshimath to Neeti shrine.

Copyright@ Bhishma Kukreti 28/4/2013
(The write up is for general readers and may not be properly suitable for history research scholars)
History of Garhwal –Kumaon (Uttarakhand) to be continued… Part -24
Ancient communities of Kumaon-Garhwal (Uttarakhand), Himalayas- to be continued…21
Historical Aspects of Kulindas or Kunindas Janpad of Uttarakhand (1400-400 B.C.) to be continued…2

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