Class 6 History Chapter 8 States after the Maurya Empire Answers

Maharashtra Board Class 6 History Solutions Chapter 8 States after the Maurya Empire

Balbharti Maharashtra State Board Class 6 History Solutions Chapter 8 States after the Maurya Empire Textbook Exercise Important Questions and Answers

Maharashtra Board Class 6 History Solutions Chapter 8 States after the Maurya Empire

Class 6 History Chapter 8 States after the Maurya Empire Textbook Questions and Answers


1. Can you tell?

(1) The kings who started the minting of gold coins in India.

The Kushana kings

(2) The city established by Kanishka in Kashmir.


(3) The king who played the veena.


(4) Another name for Kamrup.


2. Observe the map in the lesson. List the names of the modern cities which were part of the Gupta Empire.

3. Discuss and write.

(1) Emperor Kanishka


(i) Kanishka’s empire extended from Kabul in the west to Varanasi in the east.

(ii) Gold and copper coins minted by him have been found in North India.

(iii) The fourth Buddhist Council was held in Kashmir during his reign. (iv) He established the city of Kanishkapur in Kashmir.

(v) It is believed that the village of Kampur near Srinagar today could be Kanishkapur.

(2) The Iron Pillar at Mehrauli


(i) There is an iron pillar at Mehrauli near Delhi.

(ii) It has not rusted even in the course of the last fifteen hundred years.

(iii) It is an excellent specimen of the metallurgical skill of the ancient Indian people.

(iv) The inscription on the pillar bears the name of a king called ‘Chandra’.

(v) It is on this basis that the iron pillar is assumed to be of the period of Chandragupta II.

4. Make a list of the various books and authors mentioned in the lesson.


‘Milind Panha’ – questions discussed between Milinda and Bikkhu Nagarsena.

‘Buddhacharita and Vajrasuchi’ – Ashvaghosh

‘Harshacharita’ – Banabhatta.

‘Periplus of the Erythrean sea’.

5. Make a comparative chart of the Vardhan and Gupta dynasties based on the following points.


Points Gupta Dynastry Vardhan Dynastry
Founder Shrigupta Prabhakar Vardhan
Expansion of the kingdom/ empire The Gupta empire spread from Assam upto the Punjab. He also conquered the eastern coastal region up to Kanchi Tamil Nadu. Harshavardhan, expanded the Vardhan Empire up to Nepal in the north, up to the river Narmada in the south, Assam in the east and Gujarat in the west.
Achievements (i) A pillar inscription at Prayag describes Samudragupta conquest and victories.
(ii) He minted coins.
(iii) There is an iron pillar at Mehrauli near Delhi which has not rusted even after a course of last fifteen hundred years.
(i) Trade flourished.
(ii) Knowledge also flourished, we know this as the famous Nalanda University existed during this time.
(iii) He wrote three Sanskrit plays Ratnavali, Naganand and Priyadarshika.

6. What would you do if you met foreign travellers like Yuan Chwang?

Answer: If I meet foreign travellers like Yuan Chwang, I will ask them about the lives of the people at that time what they ate, what kind of clothes they wore, what was the occupations, how did they earn, how much did they earn, how did they entertainment themselves, etc.

7. Solve the puzzle.


1. (A word for) King in Indian languages. – Raja

2. A Chinese traveller to India – Fa Hein

3. A famous Indo-Greek King had discussions with this Bauddha bhikkhu – Milinda

4. A poet at the court of Emperor Harshavardhan, who also wrote his biography – Banabhatta

6. Chandragupta II conquered this State neighbouring Gujarat – Malwa


5. A Pali word that means question – Panha

6. The most famous Indo-Greek King – Menander

7. Kanishka was the first Emperor to make this from gold – coin

8. An ancient Indian University where the Chinese traveller Yuan Chwang stayed for two years – Nalanda


Obtain more information about the rulers of the period following the Maurya period in India. Enact the role of a ruler