The Maukharies ruled over Kanauj, a city in western Uttar Pradesh, which gradually replaced Pataliputra as a political center of north India.
Maukharies were the subordinate rulers of the Guptas and used the title of samanta.
Ishanavarman is the first ruler of the Maukhari Empire.
Harshavardhana’s sister Rajyashri was married to Grihavarman.
Shashanka, the ruler of Bengal (Gaur), and Devgupta, the Later Gupta ruler jointly attacked Grihavarman and killed him.
The kingdom of Kanauj was then merged with that of the Pushyabhutis and Harsha shifted his capital from Thanesar (Kurukshetra) to Kanauj.