For the ancient pejorative term for foreign people in India, see Mleccha
|650 CE–900 CE|
|Capital||Harruppesvar (present-day Tezpur)|
• c. 650 - c. 670
• c. 815 – c. 832
• c. 890 – c. 900
|Historical era||Classical India|
The Mlechchha dynasty (c. 650 - 900) ruled Kamarupa from their capital at Harruppesvar in the present-day Tezpur, Assam, after the fall of the Varman dynasty. The rulers were aboriginals (local clan, genetically non-diverse), and like all other claimed lineages, their lineage from Narakasura was constructed to accord legitimacy to their rule. According to historical records, there were twenty one rulers in this dynasty, but the line is obscure and the names of some intervening rulers are not known.
The Mlechchha dynasty in Kamarupa was followed by the Pala kings.
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|History of Kamarupa|
- Salastamba (650-670)
- Vijaya alias Vigrahastambha
- Harshadeva alias Harshavarman (725-745)
- Balavarman II
- Harjjaravarman (815-832)
- Vanamalavarmadeva (832-855)
- Jayamala alias Virabahu (855-860)
- Balavarman III (860-880)
- Tyagasimha (890-900)
- Though mlechchha is a derogatory word, Harjaravarman, a king of this dynasty, explains the term (though illegible) in the Hayunthal copper plates (Sharma 1978:P.91).
- (Sen 1999:P.304)
- (Shin 2011:P.183)
- Chatterji, Suniti Kumar (1951). Kirata-jana-krti. Kolkata: The Asiatic Society. p. 97.
But the distinct mention of Sala-stambha as being a lord of the Mlecchas, as in the Bargaon copper-plate of the 19th century, would appear to make it clear that he was a Bodo chief of the Mèch tribe (Sanskritised as Mlēccha), who followed Bhaskara-varman in assuming the rulership of Assam.
- The name Mech is almost a corruption of the Sanskrit word Mleccha i.e An outcast from the Brahmin point of view. (Endle 1911:81)
- J. D. Anderson, I.C.S further added Mech, sc. Mleccha, barbarian, one who is ignorant of civilized speech. (The Kacharis & J. D. Anderson 1911:xv)
- (Bhattacharjee 1992, p. 393)
- Pralambha, read from the Tezpur plates, can be corrected to Salambha, in light of the Parbatiya plates, (Sarma 1978, p. 105)
- Ray, H.C. (1931). Dynastic History Of Northern India Vol. 1. New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers.
- Bhattacharjee, J. B. (1992), "The Kachari state formation", in Barpujari, H. K. (ed.), The Comprehensive History of Assam, 2, Guwahati: Assam Publication Board, pp. 391–397
- Sharma, M M (1978), Inscriptions of Ancient Assam, Guwahati: Gauhati University
- Sircar, D. C. (1990), "The Mlechchha Dynasty of Salasthambha", in Barpujari, H. K. (ed.), The Comprehensive History of Assam, 1, Guwahati: Assam Publication Board
- Chatterji, S.K (1951). Kirata-Jana-Krti. Calcutta: The Asiatic Society.
- Endle, Sidney (1911). The Kacharis. London: Macmillan and Co.
- Shin, Jae Eun (2011). "Changing Dynasties, Enduring Genealogy: A Critical Study on the Political Legitimation in Early Medieval Kāmarūpa". Journal of Ancient Indian History. vol. 27: 173–187.
- Sen, S.N. (1999). Ancient Indian History and Civilization. iNDIA: New Age International. ISBN 9788122411980.