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Pallava King
Reign 880–897 CE (17 years)
Predecessor Nandivarman III
Successor Aditya I
Dynasty Pallava
Pallava Kings (200s–800s)
Vishnugopa II
Simhavarman III
Mahendravarman I (600-630)
Narasimhavarman I (630–668)
Mahendravarman II (668–670)
Paramesvaravarman I (670–695)
Narasimhavarman II (700-728)
Paramesvaravarman II (728–731)
Nandivarman II (731–795)
Dantivarman (795–846)
Nandivarman III (846-869)
Aparajitavarman (880-897)
Aditya I
(Chola Empire)

Aparajitavarman (fl. c. 880-897 CE) was a king of the Pallava dynasty. The last ruling member of his house[1] he was killed in c. 897 CE in a battle against Aditya I.[2] In 880 CE Aparajita had defeated and killed Varagunavarman II.[3]


A depiction of Somaskanda on the rear wall of the sanctum of a temple commissioned by him in Tiruttani is regarded as the last knownuse of that stylistic tradition.[4] In 885 he transferred the rule of Thanjavur to his ally and vassal Aditya I as a reward for his contribution to the victory at Thirupurambiyam. The Cholas under Aditya I at first were minor allies of the Pallavas, but later attacked them, defeated and killed Aparajitavarman, their former ruler.[5]


  1. ^ Sen, Sailendra (2013). A Textbook of Medieval Indian History. Primus Books. p. 41-42. ISBN 978-9-38060-734-4. 
  2. ^ Garg, Gaṅgā Rām (1992). Encyclopaedia of the Hindu world. Concept Publishing Company. p. 548. ISBN 9788170223757. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Srinivasan, K. R. (1964). Cave-temples of the Pallavas. Archaeological Survey of India. p. 15. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Ghose, Rajeshwari (1996-01-01). The Tyāgarāja cult in Tamilnāḍu: a study in conflict and accommodation. Motilal Banarsidass Publ. p. 13. ISBN 9788120813915. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  5. ^ Daniélou, Alain; Hurry, Kenneth (2003-02-11). A brief history of India. Inner Traditions / Bear & Co. p. 176. ISBN 9780892819232. Retrieved 27 March 2012.