Vatsraja

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Vatsaraja (780–800) or Vatsraja was one of the great rulers of Gurjar Pratihar dynasty. He was grand-nephew of Nagabhata I and his mother was queen Bhuyikadevi.[1]

Reign[edit]

After Nagabhata I, there have been two rulers namely Kakkuka and Devaraja before Vatsraja came to the throne. Kakustha or Kakkuka was the nephew of Nagabhata I and nothing much is known about him. The younger brother of Kakkuka, king Devasakti or Devaraja also maintained dignity of Gurjara Pratihara family, though there are references that Gurjara Pratihara power was threatened during his reign.[1]

Vatsaraja, as Gwalior inscription tells, conquered parts of central Rajasthan after defeating the Bhandi clan and also defeated Indrayudh of Kannauj and Dharampala of Bengal and seized even his crown.[2][3] Taking advantage of the time, Rastrakuta ruler Dhruva Dharavarsha invaded upon Vatsraj and defeated him. After this possibly, his empire remained centralized in Rajasthan.[4] In Gwalior Prasati Vatsaraja is represented as "foremost among the most distinguished Kshatriya".[5]

Preceded by
Nagabhata I (750–780)
Gurjara Pratihara Emperor
780–800 AD
Succeeded by
Nagabhata II (800–833)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rama Shankar Tripathi (1989). History of Kanauj: To the Moslem Conquest. Motilal Banarsidass Publ. p. 228. ISBN 978-81-208-0404-3. ISBN 812080404X, ISBN 978-81-208-0404-3. 
  2. ^ Sailendra Nath Sen (1999). Ancient Indian History and Civilization. New Age International. p. 266. ISBN 978-81-224-1198-0. ISBN 8122411983, ISBN 978-81-224-1198-0. 
  3. ^ Kumar Sundram (2007). Compendium General Knowledge. Upkar Prakashan. p. 195. ISBN 978-81-7482-181-2. ISBN 8174821813, ISBN 978-81-7482-181-2. 
  4. ^ Pratiyogita Darpan. Upkar Prakashan. 
  5. ^ Rama Shankar Tripathi (1989). History of Kanauj: To the Moslem Conquest. Motilal Banarsidass Publ. p. 224. ISBN 978-81-208-0404-3. ISBN 812080404X, ISBN 978-81-208-0404-3.