Mithila kingdom was spread over Bihar and Nepal province. It was the centre of Indian and Nepalese histories during the first millennium and has contributed to various literary and scriptural work. Mithila was ruled by different dynasties like Pal, Sen, Krnat, Oinwar dynasties as well as by the Tughlaqs, Bengali, Mughals and British rulers. These different dynasties practiced different religions like Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Christianity etc. Hence there has been a spectrum of influence on the culture of Mithila. Legends talk about Gautama Buddha and Vardhaman Mahavir living here during their times. The 21st Tirthankara Naminatha, was also born here. Mithila was also without a king for several years (due to some moral conduct issues regarding its last king) making it the first region to practice democracy.