Gauda (Bengali: গৌড়), was a territory located in
Early 19th century lithograph of the Muslim ruins of Dakhil Darwaza at Gaur, West Bengal.
Evidence seems to be discrepant regarding links of Gauda with the Rarh
region. While Krishna Mishra (eleventh or twelfth century AD), in his
Prabodha-chandrodaya, mentions that Gauda rashtra includes Rarh (or
Rarhpuri) and Bhurishreshthika, identified with Bhurshut, in Hooghly
and Howrah districts, but the Managoli inscription of the Yadava king
Jaitugi I distinguishes Lala (Rarh) from Gaula (Gauda).
According to Jain writers of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries,
Gauda included Lakshmanavati in present-day Malda district.
The Pala emperors were referred to as Vangapati (Lord of Vanga) and
Gaudesvara (Lord of Gauda). Sena kings also called themselves
Gaudesvara. From then Gauda and Vanga seem to be interchangeable names
for the whole of Bengal.
In the early Muslim period the name Gauda came to be applied to
Lakhanavati in Malda district.
Gour, ruined city
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