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PANCHALA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] Name of a country.

From the Mahabharata it would seem to have occupied Lower Doab ; Manu places it Kanauj. It has sometimes been identified with the Panjab, and with "a little territory in the more immediate neighbourhood of Hastinapur." Wilson says, "A country extending north and west from Delhi, from the foot of the Himalayas to the Chambal." It was divided into Northern and Southern Panchalas, and the Ganges separated them.

Cunningham considers North Panchala to be Rohilkhand, and South Panchala the Gangetic Doab. The capital of the former was Ahichhatra, whose ruins are found near Ramnagar, and of the latter Kampilya, identical with the modern Kampila, on the old Ganges between Badaun and Farrukhabad.

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