Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Late Middle Kingdom - The Classical age

The classical age in India beganwith the Gupta Empireand the resurgence of the north during Harsha's conquests around the 7th century CE, ended with the fall of the Vijayanagara Empire in the south inthe 13th century, due to the presure from the invaders to the north.This period produced some of India's finest art, considered the epitome of classical development, and the development of the main spiritual and philosophical systems which continued to be in Hinduism and Buddhism and Jainism.King Harsha of Kannauj succeeded in re-uniting northern India during reign in 7th century, after the collapse of the Gupta dynasty. His kingdom collapsed after his death.
From the 7th to 9th century, three dynasties contested for control of northern India; the Gurjara Pratiharas of Malwa, the Palas od Bengal, and the the Rastrakutas of the deccan. the Sen dynasty would later assume control of the Pala empireand the Gurjara Pratiharas fragmented into different into various states, a series of kingdoms which managed to survive in some form for almost a millennium , until Indian Independence from British.