Also known as the ‘heroic age’, Vedic Age was the one which laid down the basic foundations of Indian civilization.
A period between 1500 BCE to 500 BCE, this is when early Hinduism emerged and so did the caste system. Here are 10 facts you probably didn’t know about the Vedic India map.
1. The kingdoms in the Vedic India map are same as those of the epic Mahabharata.
The Pandavas were from Kuru kingdom, whereas Draupadi was from Panchala. The antagonist of the Epic, Shakuni, was from the kingdom of Gandhar.
2. This was the time when the Vedas were composed.
The Rigveda, Mantra texts, Samhita texts, and important Brahmana literature were composed around this time.
3. A Vedic map is a transformed version of India after the Indus Valley Civilization.
Most of Indus Valley Civilization was situated in present-day Pakistan. However, the next civilization which came i.e. Vedic civilization was situated around the Gangetic plains.
4. The Himalayas, then, were known as Himavani.
The Himalayas have played a major role in India since forever, same was with Vedic India. However, they were known as Himavani then.
5. Vedic India wasn’t a country with ‘specific boundaries’.
Not until 1947 did India had it’s clearly defined borders. It all was based on which ruler is in power.
6. The later Vedic period was the ‘Iron Age’ of India.
Under the rule of King Parikshit, the realm turned towards the Iron Age. Parikshit was the grandson of Arjuna, the protagonist of Mahabharata.
7. Caste system was not based on birth, but capability.
Unlike, the medieval caste system, ancient India caste system at the time when it was originated wasn’t based on birth. It was based on the capability of a person.
8. The Kingdoms on the western side of the map are Harappan archaeological sites.
Gandhar, Madra, Sindhu etc, in present-day Pakistan, are archaeological sites where Harappan artifacts have been excavated.
9. The end of the Vedic period saw the rise of the Mahajanapada’s.
Mahajanapada and Shramana were movements which challenged Vedic orthodoxy.
10. Some say Vedic India was the result of migration of Indo-Aryans.
Since Indo-Aryans were the ones who composed the Vedas.