Vashishtiputra Satakarni

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Vashishtiputra Satakarni
Vashishtiputra Sri Satakarni
Satavahana King
Reign 2nd century CE
Predecessor Vasisthiputra Sri Pulamavi
Successor Shivaskanda Satakarni
Dynasty Satavahana
Father Gautamiputra Satakarni
Satavahana Kings (271 BCE – 220 CE)
Simuka (1st century BCE)
Kanha (1st century BCE/CE)
Satakarni (1st-2nd century CE)
Sivasvati (1st century CE)
Gautamiputra Satakarni (1st-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)

Vashishtiputra Sātakarni was a Satavahana king, who ruled the Deccan region in India, during the 2nd century CE. He was the brother of Vasisthiputra Sri Pulamavi, his regnal successor, and the son of the great Satavahana conqueror Gautamiputra Satakarni. His reign is dated variously: 138-145 CE,[1] or 158-165 CE.[2]

Bilingual Silver coin of king Vashishtiputra Sātakarni (c. 160 CE) of Deccan. Obv: Bust of king. Prakrit legend in the Brahmi script.Rev: Ujjain/Sātavāhana symbol left. Crescented six-arch chaitya hill right. River below. Early Tamil language legend in the Tamil Brahmi script.

Vashishtiputra Sātakarni was in great conflict with the Scythian Western Kshatrapas in the West, but he eventually married the daughter of Rudradaman I of the Western Kshatrapa dynasty, in order to forge an alliance. Later however, he was defeated by his father-in-law in battle, with serious effect on Sātavāhana power and prestige:

"Rudradaman (...) who obtained good report because he, in spite of having twice in fair fight completely defeated Satakarni, the lord of Dakshinapatha, on account of the nearness of their connection did not destroy him."

— Junagadh rock inscription [3]

Preceded by:
Vasisthiputra Sri Pulamavi.
Satavahana ruler
(2nd century)
Succeeded by:
Shivaskanda Satakarni


  1. ^ Carla M. Sinopoli (2001). "On the edge of empire: form and substance in the Satavahana dynasty". In Susan E. Alcock. Empires: Perspectives from Archaeology and History. Cambridge University Press. p. 166-168. 
  2. ^ Rajesh Kumar Singh (2013). Ajanta Paintings: 86 Panels of Jatakas and Other Themes. Hari Sena. pp. 15–16. ISBN 9788192510750. 
  3. ^ Source