Vasishthiputra Pulumavi

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Vasishthiputra Pulumavi
Vashishthiputra Sri Pulumavi
Satavahana King
Reign2nd century CE
PredecessorGautamiputra Satakarni
SuccessorVashishtiputra Satakarni
FatherGautamiputra Satakarni

Vasishthiputra Pulumavi (IAST: Vāsiṣṭhiputra Śrī Pulumāvi) was a Satavahana king, and the son of Gautamiputra Satakarni.[1] His reign is dated variously: 110–138 CE[2] or 130–159 CE.[3] He is also referred to as Vasishthiputra Sri Pulumavi. Ptolemy, the second century writer, refers to Pulumavi as Siriptolemaios, a contemporary of the Western satrap, Chastana.[4]

Indian ship on lead coin of Vasishthiputra Pulumavi.
Coin of Pulumavi

Some of the lead coins of Pulumavi depict two-masted Indian ships, a testimony to the seafaring and trading capabilities of the Satavahanas during the 1st-2nd century CE. During his rule, Gautami Balasri, the mother of Gautamiputra Satakarni, laid an inscription at Nashik. Pulumavi was succeeded by his younger brother Vashishtiputra Satakarni.[5]

Nashik Pandavleni Caves[edit]

Near Nashik, Cave No.3 of Pandavleni Caves was built by Queen Gotami Balasiri during the reign of Pulumavi, and also received a dedication by Sri Pulumavi himself. The cave was dedicated to the Samgha.[6]

Cave No.3, Pandavleni Caves
One long inscription (inscription No.2) in the 19th year of Satavahana king Sri Pulumavi (2nd century CE), explaining that Queen Gotami Balasiri, mother of glorious king Gotamiputra, caused this cave to be built and gave it to the Samgha.[6] There is also another long inscription (inscription No.3) by Sri Pulumavi himself, also in the 22nd year of his reign.[6]


Satavahana Kings
Simuka (100-70 BCE)
Kanha (70-60 BCE)
Satakarni (1st BCE)
Sivasvati (1st century CE)
Gautamiputra Satakarni (2nd century CE)
Vasishthiputra Pulumavi (2nd century CE)
Vashishtiputra Satakarni (2nd century CE)
Shivaskanda Satakarni (2nd century CE)
Yajna Sri Satakarni (2nd century CE)
Vijaya (2nd century CE)
  1. ^ Singh, Upinder (2008). A history of ancient and early medieval India : from the Stone Age to the 12th century. New Delhi: Pearson Education. p. 381. ISBN 9788131711200. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  2. ^ Carla M. Sinopoli (2001). "On the edge of empire: form and substance in the Satavahana dynasty". In Susan E. Alcock (ed.). Empires: Perspectives from Archaeology and History. Cambridge University Press. p. 166-168.
  3. ^ Susan L. Huntington (1 January 1984). The "Pāla-Sena" Schools of Sculpture. Brill Archive. p. 175. ISBN 90-04-06856-2.
  4. ^ "According to Ptolemy, Siriptolemaios (Sri Pulumayi), son of Gautamiputra Satakarni, continued to reign at Paithan (Pratisthana), while Ozene (Ujjain) fell into the hands of Tiasthenes (Chastana)." Alain Danielou, A Brief History of India (Inner Traditions, 2003), mentioned here
  5. ^ Rao 1994, p. 14.
  6. ^ a b c Epigraphia Indica p.60ff
Preceded by
Gautamiputra Satakarni
Satavahana ruler
2nd century CE
Succeeded by
Vashishtiputra Satakarni

Book sources[edit]

Rao (1994), History and Culture of Andhra Pradesh: From the Earliest times to the present day, Sterling publishers, ISBN 81-207-1719-8