Dantidurga (735–756 CE), also known as Dantivarman or Dantidurga II was the founder of the Rashtrakuta Empire of Manyakheta. His capital was based in Gulbarga region of Karnataka. He was succeeded by his uncle Krishna I who extended his kingdom to all of Karnataka.
|Founder of Rashtrakuta Empire|
|Reign||c. 735 – c. 756 CE|
|Rashtrakuta Emperors (753-982)|
|Dantidurga||(735 - 756)|
|Krishna I||(756 - 774)|
|Govinda II||(774 - 780)|
|Dhruva Dharavarsha||(780 - 793)|
|Govinda III||(793 - 814)|
|Amoghavarsha||(814 - 878)|
|Krishna II||(878 - 914)|
|Indra III||(914 -929)|
|Amoghavarsha II||(929 - 930)|
|Govinda IV||(930 – 936)|
|Amoghavarsha III||(936 – 939)|
|Krishna III||(939 – 967)|
|Khottiga||(967 – 972)|
|Karka II||(972 – 973)|
|Indra IV||(973 – 982)|
The Ellora record of Dantidurga narrates that he defeated the Chalukyas in 753 and took the titles Rajadhiraja and Parameshvara. The inscription calls him son of Indra II. The Samangad inscription (modern Kholapur district, Maharashtra) states his mother was a Chalukya princess from Gujarat called Bhavanaga. The same inscription states he defeated the invincible Karnata-Bala of the Badami Chalukyas. Further he defeated the kings of Lata (Gujarat), Malwa, Tanka, Kalinga and Sheshas (Nagas) in central India and performed many sacrifices. Though he conquered the Chalukya Empire it is clear from the Vakkaleri inscription of 757 that the Chalukya Emperor Kirtivarman II retained control over his southern provinces up to 757. His daughter was married to a Pallava King Nandivarman II of Kanchi. Dantidurga helped Nandivarman recover Kanchi by warring against the Chalukyas.
The Navasari grant (c.739) throws light on his achievements in the era prior to Rashtrakuta independence. The Arab intention might have been to make inroads into South India. However, to the south of the Mahi River lay the powerful Chalukyan empire. The Chalukya viceroy at Navsari, Avanijanashraya Pulakeshin, decisively defeated the invading Arab forces as documented in the grant. The Tājika (Arab) army defeated was one that had attacked "Kacchella, Saindhava, Saurashtra, Cavotaka, Maurya and Gurjara" kings. Viceroy Pulakesi subsequently received the titles "Solid Pillar of Deccan" (Dakshināpatha-sādhāra) and the "Repeller of the Unrepellable" (Anivartaka-nivartayitr). The Rashtrakuta prince Dantidurga, who was subsidiary to Chalukyas at this time, also played an important role in the battle.
- Reu (1933), p54
- Kamath (2001), p74
- He defeated the great Karnatik army of the Chalukyas, (Reu, 1933 p54)
- Reu (1933), p55
- Thapar (2003), p333
- Blankinship 1994, p. 186; Bhandarkar 1929, pp. 29–30; Majumdar 1977, pp. 266–267; Puri 1986, p. 45; Wink 2002, p. 208; Sailendra Nath Sen 1999, p. 348; Chattopadhyaya 1998, pp. 33–34
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