The Satavahana Empire

 The Satavahana Empire was an ancient Indian dynasty that ruled in the Deccan region of southern India from around 230 BCE to 220 CE. The empire was founded by Simuka, who is believed to have established his capital at Paithan in present-day Maharashtra. The Satavahanas were known for their patronage of Buddhism, and several of their kings, including Gautamiputra Satakarni, are mentioned in Buddhist texts. They also played an important role in the development of the Indian ocean trade. The empire was divided into several smaller states after the death of the last known Satavahana ruler, Yajna Sri Satakarni, and eventually came to an end around the 3rd century CE.