Graharipu was the successor of Vishwarah. He had a good relationship with Laksha (Lakha), the son of King Phula of Kutch, and other kings such as Turks. He was a contemporary of Mularaja, the first Chaulukya ruler of Anhilwad Patan.
Battle with Mularaja
According to Hemachandra, one night, Mahadeva appeared in Mularaja's dream, and ordered him to vanquish Graharipu. In the morning, Mularaja consulted his ministers. The minister Jehula described Graharipu as a tyrant who harassed the pilgrims visiting Prabhasa (Somnath), and indulged in many vices. Therefore, Mularaja launched a campaign against Graharipu. After a failed attempt to negotiate peace, Graharipu started preparations for war. He was joined by Laksha of Kachchha and several other kings. Mularaja emerged victorious after capturing Graharipu, and killing Laksha.
Hemchandra has mentioned him as an Abhira and a Yadava chief.
Historian Asoke Majumdar theorizes that Mularaja attacked Graharipu on "some flimsy pretext", as Mahadeva-in-a-dream was a popular device used by Sanskrit authors to justify the otherwise inexcusable actions of their heroes.
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