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An ancient kingdom of northeast India. It was especially powerful from the fourth century bc to the fifth century ad, particularly under the emperor Asoka (third century bc).
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Avanti was an important center of Buddhism and later became a part of Magadha Empire.
With time, the kingdom of Sarasin was annexed by Magadha Empire.
It's hard to imagine that in ancient times Bihar was the centre of the flourishing Magadha empire and the region where the Buddha lived and attained enlightenment.