much is known about the genealogy of the kings of Anga, but Lomapada, the seventh in the
genealogical list, was known to be a friend of King Dasharatha of Ayodhya. Champa was the
great grandson of Lomapada and during his time the capital was re-named as Champa or
Champapuri. Champapuri is often mentioned in the Mahabharata and later in the Buddhist
works. It has been a citadel of Buddhism as well as Hinduism.
The large finds of Buddhistic relies
throughout the district indicate that Anga desha was very much under Buddhistic influence,
The area was also sanctified as the birth-place of Basupujya, the 12th Jaina Tirthankara
and was closely associated with Parsva, the 23rd Jain Tirthankara. Lord Mahavira
Vardhamana, the 24th and last Jaina Tirthankara, had spent three rainy seasons at
At the time of the Buddha, Champa was one of
the six great cities, along with Rajagriha, Sravasti, Saketa, Kausambi and Varanasi.
Subhadrangi, Asoka's mother, was born at Champa. Champa. is also associated with a number
of Jataka stories, wherein we read of merchants boarding the ships at Champa and going to
Ceylon and other areas. Anga desha was virtually the confluence of Hinduism, Buddhism and