The Reign of Harsha by Cameron Tetz published on 2018-04-29T18:40:28Z Music - /u/ExternalInfluence Lyrics - /u/ScottPontiac Vocals - /u/DuglyUckling THE REIGN OF HARSHA Harshavardhana, also known as Harsha, was an Indian emperor who ruled over a large empire in northern India from 606 to 647. The second son of Prabhakarvardhana, he hailed from the Pushyabhuti Dynasty. After the death of his father, his elder brother Rajyavardhana took over the reins of the kingdom. However, Rajyavardhana too died, most probably killed by Shashanka, the ruler of the Gauda kingdom following which the young Harsha came to power. After the downfall of the Gupta Empire in the middle of the 6th century, Northern India had fallen apart to small republics and minor states. After ascending the throne Harsha united the small republics from Punjab to central India, to create a vast unified empire. Under his rule, the empire underwent considerable expansion and grew to include the Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Bengal, Odisha and the entire Indo-Gangetic plain north of the Narmada River. He proved himself to be an able administrator and presided over a kingdom where peace and prosperity prevailed for most of the time. He had an intellectual bent of mind and his court was a hub of artistic activities. Harsha himself was a Mahayana Buddhist and was tolerant towards all Indic faiths. Born in India, 2nd son to the king The year was 590, sister and brother The King died - his elder brother succeeding But the Malava dominion made everyone suffer Harshavardhana's sister Rajyashri was kidnapped and her husband slaughtered Malava fell under the King Brother's Blitzkrieg Enemy was destroyed by marauders But Brother Rajyavardhana was killed Betrayed by a ruler he thought was a friend In 606 Harsha's destiny becomes fulfilled At age 16 to the crown he ascends The first thing he does is promise revenge Inherited his brother-in-law's city But his family deaths have to be avenged For the backstabber Shashanka no pity Rescued his sister by a forceful attack but the enemy somehow survived Harsha added regions as cities were sacked But Shashanka still remained alive Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Bengal were added to the regions he reigned Odisha and Northern India all were assailed Added them to the cities he gained But to the people he ruled he was good Benevelent prosperous and fair The economy swelled and he helped where he could For the underprivleged and poor he did care But he could not defeat the the southern traitor And trade business dropped which was alarming He thought how to make his kingdom greater So he moved its main focus to farming With Emperor Taizong, Tang Dynasty made friends Needed more allies to make power wider And to his country he contined to tend Made the 1st diplomatic relations with China Made a giant university as a walled fort Promoted learning, literature and arts Allowed religious diversity in his court But hated Shashanka in his heart Converted to Buddhism from Hindu And even wrote 3 plays of his own In the last one the two religions were merged into His giant religious gathering, it still goes With his wife Durgavati, had 2 sons They'd inherit the world that he built But all of his plans came undone His chief minister had his sons killed And he tried again to win war in the South And lost again to the kings that he hated Revenge he'd have to go without From his high point his glory was faded So he sat alone on his throne in the North Empty hall full of treasure and maps Nothing mattered anymore on this earth And when he died his whole kingdom collaped.