Prasthala was the capital of king Susharman of Trigarta Kingdom. As per the epic Mahabharata, this city was under the constant attack of Matsya kings like the king Virata.[1] Susharman tried to avenge the Matsyas with the help of Duryodhana of Hastinapura, but the attempt was foiled by the Pandavas staying in the domains of the Matsyas. Prasthala is either identified to be the modern city Patiala in Punjab, India[2] or Jalandhar in Punjab, India.


  1. ^ Mahabharata Book Nine (Volume 1): Shalya. NYU Press. 1 October 2016. p. 305. ISBN 978-1-4798-7585-6.
  2. ^ Dasgupta, S. (16 August 2017). "Documentation & Condition Mapping for Restoration & Revitalisation of Historic Sheesh Mahal & Char Bagh Complex in Patiala (Punjab), India". ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences. IV-2–W2. Copernicus GmbH: 47–52. Bibcode:2017ISPAn.4W2...47D. doi:10.5194/isprs-annals-IV-2-W2-47-2017.