KIRAN ATMA: Ajatashatru
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Hinduism And Hindu Theology - What Is Ajatashatru(2)?

A renowned philosopher who was also the ruler of Benares in the Brhadaranyaka Upanishad. 


  • Even though Ajatashatru was a kshatriya warrior king and thus should have been receiving instruction from Gargya, Ajatashatru is notable for instructing Gargya, a brahmin priest, on the nature of Brahman, even though this was inappropriate by contemporary standards because Ajatashatru was a kshatriya warrior king and thus should have been receiving instruction from Gargya. 
  • Several instances in the Upanishads depict kshatriyas instructing brahmins, which is unusual. 

Such incidents illustrate the essence of knowledge as understood in the Upanishads: it is attained by personal effort and realization rather than being bestowed by birth or social status.

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Hinduism And Hindu Theology - Who Is Ajatashatru?

King of the Magadha area in modern-day Bihar, Ajatashatru (“[he whose] adversary is unborn,” 5th century B.C.E.). 


  • Around 494 B.C.E., Ajatashatru ousted and killed his father, Bimbisara, and subsequently extended his father's territorial conquests. 
  • Ajatashatru captured the city of Vaishali, the capital of the Vrjjis dynasty, after conquering the region around Benares. 

Both Ajatashatru and his father wanted to establish an empire in the Ganges River basin, and they were among the first Indian rulers to think of such a thing.

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