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Harsha-Religion

Prabhakara Vardhana was a devotee of the Sun.

Rajyavardhana was a Buddhist.

Harsha devoted three deities i.e. Siva, Surya and Buddha.

He constructed temples for all the three.

But later Harsha favoured the Mahayana Buddhism as a result of the influence on him by "Hiuen Tsang".

Harsha summoned an assembly at Kanauj in 643 A.D. to spread the teachings of Buddha in the country.

A large number of kings, Buddhist monks, Buddhist scholars attended the Assembly.

Hiuen Tsang also attended the Assemby.

The Assembly lasted for 23 days. In this occation a great monastery and shrine was erected on the banks of Ganges.

Mahamoksha Parishad:

Prayaga Assembly-Maha Moksha Parishad:

Harsha held an Assembly called Maha Moksha Parishad at Prayaga in 643 A.D.

It was 6th Assembly.

Maha Moksha Parishad was held once in every 5 years.

The Assembly was held where the Ganga and Yamuna rivers meet.

On the first day of Assembly an image of Buddha was sit up in temporary building and large number of clothes and valuable articles were distributed among the people.

The images of Surya and Siva were honoured on second and third days.

On fourth day gifts were given to Buddhist monks.

All these lasted for 75 days.