The Thrusts and Counter-thrusts of Power

Dilip K. Chakrabarti

in The Geopolitical Orbits of Ancient India

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780198069898
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080052 | DOI:
The Thrusts and Counter-thrusts of Power

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In east India, the close of the tenth century was not a good period for the Pala dynasty. Mahipala (c. ad 988–1038), who succeeded Vigrahapala II, had to endure the Palas' loss of their ancestral kingdom in Bengal. There are indications that the Kamboja family ruled north and west Bengal while the Chandra dynasty ruled south and east Bengal. The Pala rule appears to be confined only to Magadha. Eastern Bengal had power centres of its own. In the Bijapur-Gulbarga area of south Deccan, the person who filled the power vacuum left by the end of the Rashtrakutas' reign was Taila II (c. ad 973–97), who initiated the line of the Later Chalukyas of Kalyani. The kings of the Yadava dynasty flourished as vassals of the Rashtrakutas of Manyakheta and the Chalukyas of Kalyana for hundreds of years before they became independent.

Keywords: India; Pala dynasty; Bengal; power centres; Deccan; Rashtrakutas; Chalukyas; Kamboja family; Yadava dynasty

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Subjects: Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE)

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