Yajna Sri Satakarni

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Yajna Sri Satakarni
Coin of Yajna Sri Satakarni. British Museum
Last Satavahana King
Reign 2nd century CE
Successor Vijaya
Satavahana Kings (271 BCE – 220 CE)
Gautamiputra Satakarni (1st-2nd century CE)
Vasisthiputra Sri Pulamavi (2nd century CE)
Vashishtiputra Satakarni (2nd century CE)
Shivaskanda Satakarni (2nd century CE)
Yajna Sri Satakarni (2nd century CE)
Vijaya (2nd century CE)
Coin of Gautamiputra Yajna Satakarni

Yajna Sri Satakarni was an Indian ruler of the Satavahana dynasty. His reign is dated variously: c. 152-181 CE,[1] c. 165-195 CE,[2] c. 170-199 CE[3] or c. 174-203.[4]

During his reign, he regained some of the territory lost to Shakas under Vashishtiputra Satakarni. He is considered to be the last great king of the Satavahana dynasty.

He is known from his coins, and from the mention of his name in the regnal lists of the Matsya Purana, in which he is said to have ruled 29 years.

Victory over the Shakas[edit]

The last great king of this dynasty, Yajna Sri Satakarni, defeated the Western Satraps and reconquered their southern regions in western and central India which led to the decline of the Western Satraps.[5]


  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. pp. 166–168. 
  2. ^ Rama Shankar Tripathi (1942). History of Ancient India. Motilal Banarsidass. p. 196. 
  3. ^ Pran Nath Chopra, T. K. Ravindran, N. Subrahmanian, ed. (1979). Ancient period. S. Chand. p. 25. 
  4. ^ Alain Daniélou (2003). A Brief History of India. Inner Traditions. p. 137. 
  5. ^ "later Satavahana named Yajna Satakarni seems to have conquered the Southern Dominions of the Western Satraps. His coins contain figures of ships, probably indicating the naval power of the Andras. He not only ruled Aparanta, but probably also the eastern part of the Central Provinces". Majumdar, p. 135
  • "A Catalogue of Indian coins in the British Museum. Andhras etc..", Rapson
Preceded by:
Shivaskanda Satakarni.
Satavahana ruler
2nd century CE
Succeeded by: