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The Palas

Lesson 8 of 13 • 4 upvotes • 10:46 mins

Abhyudaya Kelkar

Finally, the third pillar of this era, the Palas. The Palas had a rather obscure origin. The first king Gopala was an ‘elected’ one. His successors turned his possessions into an ‘empire’. This Pala Empire held the eastern India for almost three centuries. Bihar, Bengal and Odisha regions were under their influence throughout this period. The development of the Proto-Bangla Language and the most notable feature, the revival of Mahayana Buddhism, were the two greatest contributions of the Imperial Palas. Nalanda and many other universities flourished under their patronage. In fact, the region became the ‘capital’ of Mahayanism spread across the Orient. Let us talk about the Pala emperors and their achievements.

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