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Harshvardhana / हर्षवर्धन
- Harsha or Harshavardhana or "Harsha vardhan" (590–657) was an Indian emperor who ruled Northern India for fifty seven years.
- He was the son of Prabhakar Vardhan and younger brother of Rajyavardhan, a king of Thanesar.
- At the height of his power his kingdom spanned the Punjab, Bengal, Orissa and the entire Indo-Gangetic plain North of the Narmada River.
- After the downfall of the Gupta Empire in the middle of the sixth century C.E., North India reverted back to small republics and small monarchical states.
- Harsha united the small republics from Punjab to Central India, and they, at an assembly, crowned Harsha king in April 606 AD when he was merely 16 years old.