Someshvara IV

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Coin of the Chalukyas of Kalyana (Western Chalukyas). Possibly King Somesvara IV (1181-4/1189). Garuda, with prominent beak, running right / “Dapaga dapasa Murari(?)” in Kannada in three lines divided by pelleted lines.[1]

Someshvara IV (IAST: Someśvara; r. 1181–1189)[2] or (r. 1189–1200)[3] was the last king of the Western Chalukya empire. He made a brief attempt after 1189 to revive the Chalukya kingdom by defeating the waning Kalachuri kingdom. He managed to capture Basavakalyana briefly but failed to prevent the other feudatories, the Seuna, Hoysala and the Kakatiya dynasty from completely overwhelming the Chalukya empire by 1200. In the end, the three feudatories divided the vast area between the Kaveri River and Narmada River amongst themselves.


  1. ^ CNG Coins
  2. ^ Sen, Sailendra (2013). A Textbook of Medieval Indian History. Primus Books. pp. 52–53. ISBN 978-9-38060-734-4. 
  3. ^ Sastri(1955), p187


  • Kamath, Suryanath U. (2001) [1980]. A concise history of Karnataka : from pre-historic times to the present. Bangalore: Jupiter books. LCCN 80905179. OCLC 7796041. 
  • Sastri, Nilakanta K.A. (2002) [1955]. A history of South India from prehistoric times to the fall of Vijayanagar. New Delhi: Indian Branch, Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-560686-8. 
Preceded by
Jagadhekamalla III
Western Chalukyas
Succeeded by
Veera Ballala II