The Mahishapalbanshi kings were a Hindu dynasty that ruled Nepal during the ancient period, following the Gopalbanshi dynasty. They were known for their military prowess and their patronage of the arts and culture.
According to legend, the Mahishapalbanshi dynasty was founded by a prince named Mahishapala, who was the son of a king named Janak. Mahishapala is said to have defeated the Kirantis, a Tibeto-Burman-speaking people who were the original inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley, and established his rule over the region.
The Mahishapalbanshi kings are credited with building many of the temples and monuments that can be found in Nepal today, including the Temple of the Living Goddess, the Pashupatinath Temple, and the Boudhanath Stupa. They were also great patrons of the arts and supported the development of literature, architecture, and sculpture.
The Mahishapalbanshi dynasty ruled Nepal for several centuries, until they were succeeded by the Malla dynasty, another Hindu dynasty. Despite their long rule, little is known about the Mahishapalbanshi kings, as they did not leave behind many written records. However, their legacy can still be seen in the cultural and architectural treasures that they left behind.