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The Koliyas were Kshatriya of the Adicca (Iksvaku) clan of the Solar Dynasty during the time of Gautama Buddha. and these family members of these two royal families married only among themselves. Both clans were very proud of the purity of their royal blood and had practised this tradition of inter-marriage since ancient times. For example, Suddhodana's paternal aunt was married to the Koliyan ruler Añjana. Their daughters, Mahamaya and Mahapajapati Gotami, were married to Śuddhodana, the chief of the Sakyans. Similarly, Yashodhara, daughter of Suppabuddha, who was Añjana’s son, was married to the Sakyan prince, Gautama Buddha. Thus, the two royal families were related by marriage bonds between maternal and paternal cousins since ancient times.In spite of such close blood-ties, there would be occasional rifts between the two royal families, which sometimes turned into open hostility.

Yashodhara (Koliyan Princess) and Rahula with Buddha (left bottom), Ajanta.


The Sakyan and Koliyan ruled on opposite banks of the Rohni river (Rupendehi District of Lumbini, in modern-day Nepal) Their members were called rajas and their chief was the maharaja/ganpati. They had autonomy over all domestic administrative matters. However, they both were democratic republic states.

The Koliya owned two chief settlements of santhagara, at Ramagama and at Devadaha of Nawalparasi.

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