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Minander means something in the history of ancient India. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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1) Minander “Soteros” or Minander I (1450-1420 BCE).—Minander I has also promoted Buddhism but he may not be the famous Milinda of Buddhist text “Milinda - Panho”. Most probably, Minander II must be identified as Milinda.

2) Minander “Dikaios” or “Dharmika” / Minander II (1365 -1340 BCE).—Minander or Milinda was the most celebrated Yavana king in Buddhism. It appears that Indo-Greek king Minander became not only the follower of Buddhism but also, he might have declared Buddhism as state religion later. Milinda-Panho, a Buddhist text, records the philosophical discussion between Minander and Buddhist monk Nagasena. Buddhist sources indicate that the Yavanas accepted Buddhism during the time of Bodhistva Nagarjuna Vajrapani (1665-1565 BCE).

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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