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Initially the region around the Gaṅgā in northern India, which came to be dominated by the Āryans in the 2nd millennium bce, and so developed into the epicentre of Vedic and Brahmanical religion. Late in this period, Manusmṛti describes the Āryāvarta as lying between the Himālayas and the Vindhya mountains (central India), and stretching from the eastern to the western sea (2.22).

Subjects: Hinduism.

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