What was the reason behind offering of the land grants by the Kings to different communities?

Kings used to grant lands for various purposes. Some of them were:

  1. They gave lands to the religious institutions and to the Brahamanas to obtain legitimacy for their rule from them.
  2. It was also a method of extending agriculture to vast areas according to some historians.
  3. The land grants were also a sign of weakening of the political power of the King. The rise of the status of the Samantas alarmed the Kings.
  4. King gave land grants to make some powerful allies for him to increase his influence in the kingdom.
  5. There has been a lot of different viewpoints concerning the land grants given by the King. But, surely, the grants were made dependent on the administrative requirements of that time.

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