c.590 - c. 647
Harsha was the ruler of a northern India empire that reached from Magadha to Kashmir, Gujarat and Sind.
Harsha was a gifted warrior - administrator, a sensitive poet and playwright, and became one of India's most celebrated heroes. Harsha is known through the works of the writer Bana, and of the Chinese pilgrim Huan Tsang who described Harsha as a convinced Mahayana Buddhist.
In 641 Harsha sent an envoy to the Chinese emperor and
established the first diplomatic relations between India and China.