Aparajita was an able Shilahara ruler of north Konkan branch from 975 CE – 1010 CE.

9th Shilahara Ruler
Reignc. 975 – c. 1010 CE
SuccessorVajjada II
IssueVajjada II
FatherVajjada I

Chhadvaideva was followed by his nephew Aparajita, the son of Vajjada. Aparajita was an ambitious king. He sought to extend his sphere of influence by alliance with the mighty kings of other countries. He probably represents the Vidyadhara king Shikhandaketu, mentioned in the Nava-sahasanka-charita of Padmagupta; this king sent his son Shashikhanda to render help to the Paramara king Sindhuraja (993 CE 1010 CE) in his invasion of South Kosala at the request of the Naga king of Bastar.[1]

Aparajita's extensive conquests, his alliance with the Paramaras, his assumption of grandiloquent titles and his subsequent refusal to recognise the Later Chalukya suzerainty led to a Chalukya invasion of his kingdom. Gadayuddha, composed by the Chalukya court poet Ranna, by order of the Chalukya king Taila II, prince Satyashraya chased the Konkaneshvara (the ruler of Konkan i.e. Aparajita) to the sea.[2] Satyashraya pressed as far as the Shilahara capital Puri.[1] Aparajita ultimately acknowledged the Chalukya suzerainty, as attested by a 997 Bhadana inscription which gives his title as Mahamandaleshvara.[2]

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  • Fleet J.F. (1896): "The Dynasties of the Kanarese District of The Bombay Presidency", written for The Bombay Gazetteer.
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  • Department of Gazetteer, Govt of Maharashtra (1960): Kolhapur District Gazetteer
  • Department of Gazetteer, Govt of Maharashtra (1964): Kolaba District Gazetteer
  • Department of Gazetteer, Govt of Maharashtra (1982): Thane District Gazetteer
  • A.S. Altekar (1936): The Silaharas of Western India.
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  2. ^ a b K. A. Nilakanta Sastri (1960). "The Chāḷukyas of Kalyāṇi and the Kalachuris of Kalyāṇi". In Ghulam Yazdani (ed.). The Early History of the Deccan Parts. Vol. 1 (Parts I-IV). Oxford University Press. pp. 321–322. OCLC 59001459.

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