# Pushyamitra Sunga was Brahmin army chief of Brihadratha, the last king of the Mauryas. During a military parade, he killed Brihadratha and established himself on the throne in 185 or 186 BC. # According to some historians, this was an internal revolt against the last Mauryan king. Some say it was a Brahminical reaction to the Mauryan overwhelming patronage of Buddhism. # Pushyamitra Sunga’s capital was at Pataliputra. # He successfully countered attacks from two Greek kings namely, Menander and Demetrius. # He also thwarted an attack from the Kalinga king Kharavela. # He conquered Vidarbha. # He followed Brahminism. Some accounts portray him as a persecutor of Buddhists and a destroyer of stupas but there has been no authoritative evidence to this claim. # During his reign, the Stupas at Sanchi and Barhut were renovated. He built the sculptured stone gateway at Sanchi. # He performed Vedic sacrifices such as Ashvamedha, Rajasuya and Vajapeya. # Pushyamitra Sunga patronised the Sanskrit grammarian Patanjali. # According to the Puranas, his reign lasted for 36 years. He died in 151 BC.