Nishada the Ancient Kingdom

Ancient India Kingdom Nishada:

Ancient India kingdom Nishada belonged to the Nishada tribe. This tribe was lived in the vedic period. The Vedic people considered this as outcasts. This kingdom was located in Aravalli ranges in the Rajasthan state of India. According to a puranic story once a son was begotten by Sudra upon a Kshatriya woman. The boy becomes a Nishada and the duties assigned to him, was catching fish. Later his inheritors became the kings, those kingdoms were called Nishada Kingdoms.

Nishadas kingdom was mentioned in Mahabharata which is the epic of Hindus. The tribe’s adobe was the hills and the forests. They were followed the Nishada king called Vena. He became unrighteous and became the slave of wrath and malice. They did not follow the ethics of the common society. They tortured the people who belong to other kingdoms. Some of Vena’s descendants became Nishadas and some others were called Mlechchhas. Nishadas lived in hamlets and Mlechchhas resided on the Vindhya mountains.

ancient india kingdom Nishada

Ekalavya the Nishada King:

Ekalavya Belongs to ancient India kingdom Nishada. In Mahabharata Ekalavya the son of Nishada king Hiranyadhanas. Ekalavya was very ambitious to become a famous warrior in order to fulfill his desire, he approached the famous and qualified teacher Dronacharya. Then he was already giving training to Pandavas and Kauravas in archery and other military activities. Ekalavya’s ambition put before Dronacharya, then Dronacharya refused to accept Ekalavya as a student and explained to him that he only accept Kshatriya princes as his students. After heard the decision of Dronacharya, he felt very disappointed. Again he reback his courage and made an idol of Dronacharya and started practicing in the use of bow and arrows. In a short period, he attained more skill in the use of bow and arrows

Defeats of Nishada Kings:

Ancient India kingdom Nishada was visited once by Sahadev during his military campaign to the south, to collect tribute for Yudhisthira’s Rajasuya sacrifice. He conquered the country of the Nishadas. Ekalavya, the king of the Nishadas always used to challenge Vasudeva Krishna to battle, but he was slain by Krishna in battle. After the war of Kurukshetra war, Arjuna had come to the Nishada Kingdom of Ekalavya to collect tribute for Yudhisthira’s Ashwamedha sacrifice and defeated the son of Ekalavya.

Nishada Kingdom of Manimat:

Manimat had his kingdom to the south of Kosala. This kingdom was visited by Bhima during his Military campaign to the east to collect tribute for Yudhisthiras Rajasuya sacrifice. He defeated the king of the Bhargas, and also the ruler of Nishadas. The present day Kingdom is possibly the Jaunpur district of Uttar Pradesh.

Some Nishada kings participated in Kurukshetra war. Some supported to Pandavas and others supported to Kauravas.