The Pala Empire

 The Pala Empire was a powerful Indian dynasty that ruled over parts of present-day Bengal and Bihar from the 8th to the 12th century. The Palas were followers of the Mahayana school of Buddhism and were known for their patronage of the arts and culture, as well as for their military conquests. The empire's capital was at Dhanyakataka (present-day Dharanikota, Andhra Pradesh) and later at Vikrampura (present-day Munger, Bihar). The Pala Empire was succeeded by the Sena dynasty.