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Kalinga was an independent feudal kingdom located on the east coast of present day Odisha and North of Andhra Pradesh. It was my kingdom. Ashoka invaded this very kingdom in 261 BCE after I refused to bow down to him. Who am I?
  1. Prithvi Raj Chauhan
  2. Raja Anantha Padmanabha
  3. Krishnadevaraya
  4. Raja Mann Singh


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The correct option is B Raja Anantha Padmanabha
Kalinga  was an independent feudal kingdom that was located on the east coast of present day Odisha and north of Andhra Pradesh. It was a prosperous region with ports and trade relations with South East Asia. The prosperity of the region may have been a reason why Ashoka decided to conquer Kalinga. 
The Kalinga war was fought between Ashoka and Raja Anantha Padmanabha. Ashoka invaded this kingdom in 261 BCE after the Kalinga king refused to bow down to him. It is said that a hundred thousand soldiers of Kalinga died in this gruesome war. Ashoka too lost ten thousand of his men. The whole area of Kalinga was plundered and destroyed.

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