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The Gurjara- Pratihara
Pratihara
dynasty, also known as the Pratihara
Pratihara
Empire, was an imperial power during the Late Classical period on the Indian subcontinent, that ruled much of Northern India
India
from the mid-7th to the 11th century. They ruled first at Ujjain
Ujjain
and later at Kannauj.[1] The Gurjara-Pratiharas were instrumental in containing Arab
Arab
armies moving east of the Indus River.[2] Nagabhata I defeated the Arab
Arab
army under Junaid and Tamin
Tamin
during the Caliphate campaigns in India. Under Nagabhata II, the Gurjara-Pratiharas became the most powerful dynasty in northern India. He was succeeded by his son Ramabhadra, who ruled briefly before being succeeded by his son, Mihira Bhoja. Under Bhoja and his successor Mahendrapala I, the Pratihara
Pratihara
Empire
Empire
reached its peak of prosperity and power. By the time of Mahendrapala, the extent of its territory rivalled that of the Gupta Empire
Gupta Empire
stretching from the border of Sindh
Sindh
in the west to Bengal
Bengal
in the east and from the Himalayas
Himalayas
in the north to areas past the Narmada
Narmada
in the south.[3][4] The expansion triggered a tripartite power struggle with the Rashtrakuta
Rashtrakuta
and Pala empires for control of the Indian Subcontinent. During this period, Imperial Pratihara
Pratihara
took the title of Maharajadhiraja of Āryāvarta
Āryāvarta
(Great King of Kings of India). Gurjara- Pratihara
Pratihara
are known for their sculptures, carved panels and open pavilion style temples. The greatest development of their style of temple building was at Khajuraho, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[5] The power of the Pratiharas was weakened by dynastic strife. It was further diminished as a result of a great raid led by the Rashtrakuta ruler Indra III
Indra III
who, in about 916, sacked Kannauj. Under a succession of rather obscure rulers, the Pratiharas never regained their former influence. Their feudatories became more and more powerful, one by one throwing off their allegiance until, by the end of the 10th century, the Pratiharas controlled little more than the Gangetic Doab. Their last important king, Rajyapala, was driven from Kannauj
Kannauj
by Mahmud of Ghazni in 1018.[4]

Contents

1 Etymology and origin 2 History

2.1 Early rulers 2.2 Conquest of Kannauj
Kannauj
and further expansion 2.3 Decline

3 Gurjara- Pratihara
Pratihara
art 4 Caliphate campaigns in India 5 Legacy 6 List of rulers 7 References

7.1 Bibliography

Etymology and origin[edit]

Nilgund inscription (866) of Amoghavarsha mentions that his father Govinda III
Govinda III
subjugated the Gurjaras of Chitrakuta

Main article: Origin of the Gurjara-Pratiharas The origin of the dynasty and the meaning of the term "Gurjara" in its name is a topic of debate among historians. The rulers of this dynasty used the self-designation "Pratihara" for their clan, and never referred to themselves as Gurjaras.[6] The Imperial Pratiharas could have emphasized their Kshatriya, instead of Gurjara, identity for political reasons. However, at local levels Pratiharas were not wary of projecting their tribal (Gurjara) identity.[7] They claimed descent from the legendary hero Lakshmana, who is said to have acted as a pratihara ("door-keeper") for his brother Rama.[8][9] K. A. Nilakanta Sastri theorized that the ancestors of the Pratiharas served the Rashtrakutas, and the term "Pratihara" derives from the title of their office in the Rashtrakuta
Rashtrakuta
court.[10] Multiple inscriptions of their neighbouring dynasties describe the Pratiharas as "Gurjara".[11] The term "Gurjara-Pratihara" occurs only in the Rajor inscription of a feudatory ruler named Mathanadeva, who describes himself as a "Gurjara-Pratihara". Another Pratihara
Pratihara
king named Hariraja is also mentioned as a "ferocious Gurjara" (garjjad gurjjara meghacanda) in the Kadwaha inscription. [12] According to one school of thought, Gurjara was the name of the territory (see Gurjara-desha) originally ruled by the Pratiharas; gradually, the term came to denote the people of this territory. An opposing theory is that Gurjara was the name of the tribe to which the dynasty belonged, and Pratihara
Pratihara
was a clan of this tribe.[13] Several historians consider Gurjaras to be the ancestors of the modern Gurjar
Gurjar
or Gujjar tribe. [14] The proponents of the tribal designation theory argue that the Rajor inscription mentions the phrase: "all the fields cultivated by the Gurjaras". Here, the term "Gurjara" obviously refers to a group of people rather than a region.[15][16] The Pampa Bharata refers the Gurjara- Pratihara
Pratihara
king Mahipala as a Gurjara king. Rama
Rama
Shankar Tripathi argues that here Gurjara can only refer to the king's ethnicity, and not territory, since the Pratiharas ruled a much larger area of which Gurjara-desha was only a small part.[15] Critics of this theory, such as D. C. Ganguly, argue that the term "Gurjara" is used as a demonym in the phrase "cultivated by the Gurjaras".[17] Several ancient sources including inscriptions clearly mention "Gurjara" as the name of a country.[18][19][20] Shanta Rani Sharma notes that an inscription of Gallaka in 795 CE states that Nagabhata I, the founder of the Imperial Pratihara
Pratihara
dynasty, conquered the "invincible Gurjaras," which makes it unlikely that the Pratiharas were themselves Gurjaras.[21] However, she does concede that Imperial Pratiharas were indeed known as Gurjaras, on account of their nationality. She mentions two groups of people who were known as Gurjaras, and draws a line between them; i.e. Gurjaras who were an ethnic people and Gurjaras who were nationals of Gurjaradesa
Gurjaradesa
(Gurjara Country). [22] According to her, Gujjars are the descendants of ethnic Gurjaras, and have nothing to do with imperial Pratiharas and Chalukyas who were also known as Gurjaras (due to their Gurjara nationality). [21] Among those who believe that the term Gurjara was originally a tribal designation, there are disagreements over whether they were native Indians or foreigners.[23] The proponents of the foreign origin theory point out that the Gurjara-Pratiharas suddenly emerged as a political power in north India
India
around 6th century CE, shortly after the Huna invasion of that region.[24] Critics of the foreign origin theory argue that there is no conclusive evidence of their foreign origin: they were well-assimilated in the Indian culture. Moreover, if they invaded Indian through the north-west, it is inexplicable why would they choose to settle in the semi-arid area of present-day Rajasthan, rather than the fertile Indo-Gangetic Plain.[25] According to the Agnivansha legend given in the later manuscripts of Prithviraj Raso, the Pratiharas and three other Rajput
Rajput
dynasties originated from a sacrificial fire-pit (agnikunda) at Mount Abu. Some colonial-era historians interpreted this myth to suggest a foreign origin for these dynasties. According to this theory, the foreigners were admitted in the Hindu caste system
Hindu caste system
after performing a fire ritual.[26] However, this legend is not found in the earliest available copies of Prithviraj Raso. It is based on a Paramara
Paramara
legend; the 16th century Rajput
Rajput
bards probably extended the original legend to include other dynasties including the Pratiharas, in order to foster Rajput
Rajput
unity against the Mughals.[27] History[edit] The original centre of Pratihara
Pratihara
power is a matter of controversy. R. C. Majumdar, on the basis of a verse in the Harivamsha-Purana, AD 783, the interpretation of which he conceded was not free from difficulty, held that Vatsaraja ruled at Ujjain
Ujjain
.[28] Dasharatha Sharma, interpreting it differently located the original capital in the Bhinmala Jalor area.[29] M. W. Meister[30] and Shanta Rani Sharma[31] concur with his conclusion in view of the fact that the writer of the Jaina narrative Kuvalayamala states that it was composed at Jalor in the time of Vatsaraja in AD 778, which is five years before the composition of Harivamsha-Purana. Early rulers[edit]

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Nagabhata I (730–756) extended his control east and south from Mandor, conquering Malwa
Malwa
as far as Gwalior
Gwalior
and the port of Bharuch in Gujarat. He established his capital at Avanti in Malwa, and checked the expansion of the Arabs, who had established themselves in Sind. In this battle (738 CE) Nagabhata led a confederacy of Gurjara-Pratiharas to defeat the Muslim
Muslim
Arabs who had till then been pressing on victorious through West Asia
West Asia
and Iran. Nagabhata I was followed by two weak successors, who were in turn succeeded by Vatsraja (775–805).

Varaha
Varaha
(the boar-headed Vishnu
Vishnu
avatar), on a Pratihara
Pratihara
coin. 850–900 CE. British Museum.

Conquest of Kannauj
Kannauj
and further expansion[edit] The metropolis of Kannauj
Kannauj
had suffered a power vacuum following the death of Harsha
Harsha
without an heir, which resulted in the disintegration of the Empire
Empire
of Harsha. This space was eventually filled by Yashovarman around a century later but his position was dependent upon an alliance with Lalitaditya Muktapida. When Muktapida undermined Yashovarman, a tri-partite struggle for control of the city developed, involving the Pratiharas, whose territory was at that time to the west and north, the Palas of Bengal
Bengal
in the east and the Rashtrakutas, whose base lay at the south in the Deccan.[32][33] Vatsraja successfully challenged and defeated the Pala ruler Dharmapala
Dharmapala
and Dantidurga, the Rashtrakuta
Rashtrakuta
king, for control of Kannauj. Around 786, the Rashtrakuta
Rashtrakuta
ruler Dhruva (c. 780–793) crossed the Narmada
Narmada
River into Malwa, and from there tried to capture Kannauj. Vatsraja was defeated by the Dhruva Dharavarsha
Dhruva Dharavarsha
of the Rashtrakuta dynasty around 800. Vatsraja was succeeded by Nagabhata II (805–833), who was initially defeated by the Rashtrakuta
Rashtrakuta
ruler Govinda III
Govinda III
(793–814), but later recovered Malwa
Malwa
from the Rashtrakutas, conquered Kannauj
Kannauj
and the Indo-Gangetic Plain
Indo-Gangetic Plain
as far as Bihar
Bihar
from the Palas, and again checked the Muslims in the west. He rebuilt the great Shiva
Shiva
temple at Somnath
Somnath
in Gujarat, which had been demolished in an Arab
Arab
raid from Sindh. Kannauj
Kannauj
became the center of the Gurjara- Pratihara
Pratihara
state, which covered much of northern India during the peak of their power, c. 836–910.[citation needed] Rambhadra (833-c. 836) briefly succeeded Nagabhata II. Mihira Bhoja (c. 836–886) expanded the Pratihara
Pratihara
dominions west to the border of Sind, east to Bengal, and south to the Narmada. His son, Mahenderpal I (890–910), expanded further eastwards in Magadha, Bengal, and Assam.[citation needed] Decline[edit] Bhoj II (910–912) was overthrown by Mahipala I (912–944). Several feudatories of the empire took advantage of the temporary weakness of the Gurjara-Pratiharas to declare their independence, notably the Paramaras of Malwa, the Chandelas of Bundelkhand, the Kalachuris of Mahakoshal, the Tomaras
Tomaras
of Haryana, and the Chauhans of Rajputana. The south Indian Emperor Indra III
Indra III
(c. 914–928) of the Rashtrakuta dynasty briefly captured Kannauj
Kannauj
in 916, and although the Pratiharas regained the city, their position continued to weaken in the 10th century, partly as a result of the drain of simultaneously fighting off Turkic attacks from the west, the attacks from the Rashtrakuta dynasty from the south and the Pala advances in the east. The Gurjara-Pratiharas lost control of Rajasthan to their feudatories, and the Chandelas captured the strategic fortress of Gwalior
Gwalior
in central India
India
around 950. By the end of the 10th century the Gurjara-Pratihara domains had dwindled to a small state centered on Kannauj.[citation needed] Mahmud of Ghazni
Mahmud of Ghazni
captured Kannauj
Kannauj
in 1018, and the Pratihara
Pratihara
ruler Rajapala fled. He was subsequently captured and killed by the Chandela ruler Vidyadhara.[34][35] The Chandela
Chandela
ruler then placed Rajapala's son Trilochanpala on the throne as a proxy. Jasapala, the last Gurjara- Pratihara
Pratihara
ruler of Kannauj, died in 1036.[citation needed] Gurjara- Pratihara
Pratihara
art[edit]

Vishnu
Vishnu
Trivikrama, an 11th-century Pratihara
Pratihara
stone sculpture from Kashipur, Kept at the National Museum, New Delhi.

There are notable examples of architecture from the Gurjara-Pratihara era, including sculptures and carved panels.[36] Their temples, constructed in an open pavilion style, were particularly impressive at Khajuraho.[5] Caliphate campaigns in India[edit] Main article: Caliphate campaigns in India Junaid, the successor of Qasim, finally subdued the Hindu resistance within Sindh. Taking advantage of the conditions in Western India, which at that time was covered with several small states, Junaid led a large army into the region in early 738 CE. Dividing this force into two he plundered several cities in southern Rajasthan, western Malwa, and Gujarat. Indian inscriptions confirm this invasion but record the Arab
Arab
success only against the smaller states in Gujarat. They also record the defeat of the Arabs at two places. The southern army moving south into Gujarat was repulsed at Navsari by the south Indian Emperor Vikramaditya II
Vikramaditya II
of the Chalukya dynasty
Chalukya dynasty
and Rashtrakutas. The army that went east, after sacking several places, reached Avanti whose ruler Nagabhata (Gurjara-Pratihara) trounced the invaders and forced them to flee. After his victory Nagabhata took advantage of the disturbed conditions to acquire control over the numerous small states up to the border of Sindh. Junaid probably died from the wounds inflicted in the battle with the Gurjara-Pratihara. His successor Tamin
Tamin
organized a fresh army and attempted to avenge Junaid’s defeat towards the close of the year 738 CE. But this time Nagabhata, with his Chauhan
Chauhan
and Guhilot feudatories, met the Muslim
Muslim
army before it could leave the borders of Sindh. The battle resulted in the complete rout of the Arabs who fled broken into Sindh
Sindh
with the Gurjara- Pratihara
Pratihara
close behind them. The Arabs crossed over to the other side of the Indus River, abandoning all their lands to the victorious Hindus. The local chieftains took advantage of these conditions to re-establish their independence. Subsequently, the Arabs constructed the city of Mansurah on the other side of the wide and deep Indus, which was safe from attack. This became their new capital in Sindh. Thus began the reign of the imperial Gurjara-Pratiharas. In the Gwalior
Gwalior
inscription, it is recorded that Gurjara-Pratihara emperor Nagabhata "crushed the large army of the powerful Mlechcha king." This large army consisted of cavalry, infantry, siege artillery, and probably a force of camels. Since Tamin
Tamin
was a new governor he had a force of Syrian cavalry from Damascus, local Arab contingents, converted Hindus of Sindh, and foreign mercenaries like the Turkics. All together the invading army may have had anywhere between 10–15,000 cavalry, 5000 infantry, and 2000 camels.[citation needed] The Arab
Arab
chronicler Sulaiman describes the army of the Pratiharas as it stood in 851 CE, "The ruler of Gurjars maintains numerous forces and no other Indian prince has so fine a cavalry. He is unfriendly to the Arabs, still he acknowledges that the king of the Arabs is the greatest of rulers. Among the princes of India
India
there is no greater foe of the Islamic faith than he. He has got riches, and his camels and horses are numerous."[37] Legacy[edit] Historians of India, since the days of Elphinstone, have wondered at the slow progress of Muslim
Muslim
invaders in India, as compared with their rapid advance in other parts of the world. The Arabs possibly only stationed small invasions independent of the Caliph. Arguments of doubtful validity have often been put forward to explain this unique phenomenon. Currently it is believed that it was the power of the Gurjara- Pratihara
Pratihara
army that effectively barred the progress of the Muslims beyond the confines of Sindh, their first conquest for nearly three hundred years. In the light of later events this might be regarded as the "Chief contribution of the Gurjara Pratiharas to the history of India".[37] List of rulers[edit]

Nagabhata I (730–760) Kakustha and Devaraja (760–780) Vatsaraja (780–800) Nagabhata II (800–833) Ramabhadra (833–836) Mihira Bhoja
Mihira Bhoja
or Bhoja I (836–885) Mahendrapala I (885–910) Bhoja II (910–913) Mahipala I (913–944) Mahendrapala II (944–948) Devapala (948–954) Vinayakapala (954–955) Mahipala II (955–956) Vijayapala II (956–960) Rajapala (960–1018) Trilochanapala (1018–1027) Yasahpala (1024–1036)

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Gurjara- Pratihara
Pratihara
dynasty

Nagabhata I (730–760) Kakustha and Devaraja (760–780) Vatsaraja (780–800) Nagabhata II (800–833) Ramabhadra (833–836) Mihira Bhoja
Mihira Bhoja
or Bhoja I (836–885) Mahendrapala I (885–910) Bhoja II (910–913) Mahipala I (913–944) Mahendrapala II (944–948) Devapala (948–954) Vinayakapala (954–955) Mahipala II (955–956) Vijayapala II (956–960) Rajapala (960–1018) Trilochanapala (1018–1027) Yasahpala (1024–1036)

v t e

Middle kingdoms of India

Timeline and cultural period

Northwestern India (Punjab-Sapta Sindhu)

Indo-Gangetic Plain Central India Southern India

Upper Gangetic Plain (Kuru-Panchala)

Middle Gangetic Plain Lower Gangetic Plain

IRON AGE

Culture Late Vedic Period Late Vedic Period (Brahmin ideology)[a] Painted Grey Ware culture

Late Vedic Period (Kshatriya/Shramanic culture)[b] Northern Black Polished Ware

Pre-history

 6th century BC Gandhara Kuru-Panchala Magadha

Adivasi
Adivasi
(tribes)

Culture Persian-Greek influences "Second Urbanisation" Rise of Shramana
Shramana
movements Jainism
Jainism
- Buddhism
Buddhism
- Ājīvika
Ājīvika
- Yoga

Pre-history

 5th century BC (Persian rule)

Shishunaga dynasty

Adivasi
Adivasi
(tribes)

 4th century BC (Greek conquests) Nanda empire

HISTORICAL AGE

Culture Spread of Buddhism Pre-history Sangam period (300 BC – 200 AD)

 3rd century BC Maurya Empire Early Cholas Early Pandyan Kingdom Satavahana dynasty Cheras 46 other small kingdoms in Ancient Thamizhagam

Culture Preclassical Hinduism[c] - "Hindu Synthesis"[d] (ca. 200 BC - 300 AD)[e][f] Epics - Puranas
Puranas
- Ramayana
Ramayana
- Mahabharata
Mahabharata
- Bhagavad Gita
Bhagavad Gita
- Brahma Sutras - Smarta Tradition Mahayana Buddhism Sangam period (continued) (300 BC – 200 AD)

 2nd century BC Indo-Greek Kingdom Shunga Empire Maha-Meghavahana Dynasty

Early Cholas Early Pandyan Kingdom Satavahana dynasty Cheras 46 other small kingdoms in Ancient Thamizhagam

 1st century BC

 1st century AD

Indo-Scythians Indo-Parthians

Kuninda Kingdom

 2nd century Kushan Empire

 3rd century Kushano-Sasanian Kingdom Kushan Empire Western Satraps Kamarupa
Kamarupa
kingdom Kalabhra dynasty Pandyan Kingdom(Under Kalabhras)

Culture "Golden Age of Hinduism"(ca. AD 320-650)[g] Puranas Co-existence of Hinduism
Hinduism
and Buddhism

 4th century Kidarites Gupta Empire Varman dynasty

Kalabhra dynasty Pandyan Kingdom(Under Kalabhras) Kadamba Dynasty Western Ganga Dynasty

 5th century Hephthalite Empire Alchon Huns Kalabhra dynasty Pandyan Kingdom(Under Kalabhras) Vishnukundina

 6th century Nezak Huns Kabul Shahi

Maitraka

Adivasi
Adivasi
(tribes) Badami Chalukyas Kalabhra dynasty Pandyan Kingdom(Under Kalabhras)

Culture Late-Classical Hinduism
Hinduism
(ca. AD 650-1100)[h] Advaita Vedanta
Advaita Vedanta
- Tantra Decline of Buddhism
Buddhism
in India

 7th century Indo-Sassanids

Vakataka dynasty Empire
Empire
of Harsha Mlechchha dynasty Adivasi
Adivasi
(tribes) Pandyan Kingdom(Under Kalabhras) Pandyan Kingdom(Revival) Pallava

 8th century Kabul Shahi

Pala Empire Pandyan Kingdom Kalachuri

 9th century

Gurjara-Pratihara

Rashtrakuta
Rashtrakuta
dynasty Pandyan Kingdom Medieval Cholas Pandyan Kingdom(Under Cholas) Chera Perumals of Makkotai

10th century Ghaznavids

Pala dynasty Kamboja-Pala dynasty

Kalyani Chalukyas Medieval Cholas Pandyan Kingdom(Under Cholas) Chera Perumals of Makkotai Rashtrakuta

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References

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