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South Indian Inscriptions


 

Contents

Introduction

Preface

Contents

List of Plates

Abbreviations

Corrigenda

Images

Introduction

The Discovery of the Vakatakas

Vakataka Chronology

The Home of The Vakatakas

Early Rulers

The Main Branch

The Vatsagulma Branch

Administration

Religion

Society

Literature

Architecture, Sculpture and Painting

Texts And Translations  

Inscriptions of The Main Branch

Inscriptions of The Feudatories of The Main Branch

Inscriptions of The Vatsagulma Branch

Inscriptions of The Ministers And Feudatories of The Vatsagulma Branch

Index

Other South-Indian Inscriptions 

Volume I

Volume II

Volume III

Vol. IV - VIII

Volume IX

Volume X

Volume XI

Volume XII

Volume XIII

Volume XIV

Volume XV

Volume XVI

Volume XVII

Volume XVIII

Volume XIX

Volume XX

Volume XXII_Part I

Volume XXII_Part II

Tanjavur

Tiruvarur

Volume XXIII

Volume XXIV

Archaeological Links

Archaeological-Survey of India

VAKATAKA CHRONOLOGY

 

CHAPTER II
VĀKĀṬAKA CHRONOLOGY

...THE Vākāṭaka chronology is still more or less conjectural, but there are a few fixed points. Though Dr. Jayaswal’s view that the Kalachuri-Chēdi era was originally founded by the Vākāṭaka king Vindhyaśakti I1 is untenable as none of the records of the Vākāṭakas themselves are dated in it, it is not unlikely that Vindhyaśakti I rose to power about the same time as the Ābhīra king Īśvarasēna i.e. in circa 250 A.C. He may have ruled for about twenty years (c. 250 to 270 A.C.)2 His son Pravarasēna I is credited in the Purāṇas with a reign of sixty years.3 This is not unlikely in view of his performance of four Aśvamēdhas and several Vājapēya and other Śrauta sacrifices. He may therefore have flourished from c. 270 to 330 A.C. Pravarasēna I’s long reign is also indicated by the fact that he was succeeded in the elder branch not by a son, but by a grandson, viz., Rudrasēna I. This latter prince may have ruled for about twenty years (c. 330 to 350 A.C.). When his son Pṛithvīshēṇa I succeeded him, his family had been ruling over the kingdom for a hundred years (250 to 350 A.C.) and this is in keeping with the description in the Vākāṭaka grants that his treasure and army had been accumulating for a hundred years4 . Pṛithivīshēṇa I seems to have had a long reign ; for he is said to have lived to see a succession of sons and grandsons. Besides, his son Rudrasēna II was a junior contemporary of the Gupta king Chandragupta II-Vikramāditya (c. 380-413 A.C.), whose daughter Prabhāvatīguptā was married to him. Vincent Smith’s conjecture that this matrimonial alliance of the Guptas and the Vākāṭakas occurred at the time of Chandragupta II’s invasion of the territory of the Śaka Satraps of Gujarāt and Saurāshṭra ‘somewhere about 395 A.C.5’ appears quite plausible. Rudrasēna II therefore may have come to the throne in c. 400 A.C. He had a short reign of about 5 years (c. 400 to 405 A.C.) ; for his dowager queen Prabhāvatīguptā was acting as a regent for her son Yuvarāja Divākarasēna for at least 13 years. Divākarasēna seems to have died soon after the issue of the Poonā plates of his mother Prabhāvatīguptā ; for, no other grant of his reign has come down to us. He may therefore be referred to the period c. 405 to 420 A.C. He was succeeded by his younger brother Dāmōdarasēna alias Pravarasēna II, who had a long reign of about thirty years6 (c. 420 to 450 A.C.). His son Narēndrasēna II, who had a long reign of about thirty years6 ruled for about twenty years, the former from c. 450 to 470 A.C., and the latter from c. 470 to 490 A.C. The period thus conjecturally assigned to Pṛithivīshēṇa II’s reign is corroborated by the date of his feudatory, the Uchchakalpa prince Vyāghra,7 whose stone inscriptions have been found at Nachnā and Ganj in Madhya Pradesh. The latter’s son Jayanātha was ruling in the Gupta years 174 and 1778 . His reign may have extended from G. 170
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1 History of India, etc., pp. 109 f.
2 I adopt the reading समा: षण्णवतिं भूत्वा पृथिवों तु समेष्यति given by a Ms. of the Vāyupurāṇa. D.K.A., p. 48, f. n. 86.
3 Cf. विन्ध्यशक्‍तिसुतश्‍चापि प्रवीरो नाम वीर्यवान्‌ । भोक्ष्यते च समा: षष्‍टिं पुरिकां: चनकां न्च वै ॥ ॥ Ibid, p. 50.
4 Cf. वर्षशतमभिवर्द्धमानकोशदण्डसाधनसन्तानपुत्रपोत्रिण : in No. 3, line 11.
5 J.R.A.S., (1914), pp. 317 ff.
6 His Pāṇdhurṇā plates (No. 14) are dated in the twenty-ninth regnal year.
7 Vyāghra was not a feudatory of Pṛithivīshēna I as supposed by some scholars.. See below, pp. 89f.
8 For a detailed discussion of the identification of the era in which the dates of the Uchchakalpa kings are recorded, see my article entitled ‘The Dates of Uchchakalpa Kings’ in Ep. Ind., Vol. XXIII, pp. 171 f.


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