Samrat Harshavardhana of the Pushyabhuti dynasty:
The Pushyabhuti dynasty originated at Thanesar in modern day Haryana. It grew in power and reached
its zenith under Samrat Harshavardhana who ruled from 606 to 647 AD. To Harsha goes the credit of
moving the seat of power in north India moving from Pataliputra to Kannauj. Henceforth Kannuaj
became the seat of empires ruling North India. Harshavardhana practically ruled the whole of North
India from east to west. He was the strongest ruler north India had since the Guptas. He also tried to
conquer South but was defeated by Emperor Pulakesin. His rise and stay in power coincided with two
very important world events, One was the rise of Islam and an Arab Islamic empire in Middle East. The
other was the rise of the powerful Tang dynasty in China.
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