Some of the features of the Mahajanapadas are:
- Some of the most powerful Mahajanapadas were Magadha, Vajji, Koshala, Kuru and Panchala.
- Most of the Mahajanapadas was ruled by the Kings and while some of them had oligarchy pattern of administration.
- Almost every Mahajanapada has a capital city that was properly fortified for protection from the enemy states.
- Mahajanapadas maintained armies and bureaucracy for its administrative purposes.