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Who was the founder of Karnata dynasty?
1. Nanyadev
2. Narsimhadev
3. Vijaydev
4. Haridev
5. None of the above/More than one of the above

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Correct Answer - Option 1 : Nanyadev

The correct answer is Nanyadev.

  • Karnata or Karnat dynasty was established by Nanyadev in 1097 CE and was a Maithil dynasty.

  • It had two capitals in the Simraungadh, the Bara district of Nepal, and Darbhanga, Bihar.
  • Darbhanga was chosen as the second capital during the rule of Gangadeva.
  • Karnat dynasty ruled from 1097 CE to 1324 CE and ruled in Tirhut or Mithila in Bihar state of Nepal and India.
  • Nanyadeva established his rule over Simraungadh with the help of Vikramaditya VI, a Chalukya king.
  • This marked the beginning of this dynasty. Nanyadeva ruled the Mithila region for 50 years.
  • He is known for his courage, generosity, and respect he showed to scholars.
  • Scholars often regard him as ‘sons of Mithila’.
  • During the period of the Karnat dynasty, there was an environment of peace for poets, authors, and artists.
  • The Maithili language developed immensely during this period and new literature and folk songs were created.

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