Gopala III, previously known as Gopala II, (reigned 940–960 CE) was the successor to the Pala king Rajyapala in the Bengal region of the Indian subcontinent, and ninth ruler of the Pala line reigning for 20 years. He was succeeded by Vigrahapala II.[1]

Gopala III
Pala Emperor
SuccessorVigrahapala II
IssueVigrahapala II


He was the son of Rajyapala by the Rashtrakuta princess Bhagyadevi,[2] who may be identified as a daughter of Jagattunga, himself a son of Emperor Krishna II.[3]

During Gopala's reign, the Chandelas and Kalachuris of Tripuri emerged in lands formerly of the Pratiharas. The Kamboja tribes also established themselves in the North of Bengal, pushing Gopala to southern Bihar and western Bengal. He was a weak ruler, like all the late Pala rulers. The Pala territory greatly reduced during his reign.

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  1. ^ Chowdhury, AM (2012). "Pala Dynasty". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  2. ^ Majumdar, R.C.; Dasgupta, K.K., eds. (1981). A Comprehensive History of India: Part. 1. A.D. 300-985. People's Pub. House. p. 676.
  3. ^ Chatterjee, Rama (1985). Religion in Bengal: During the Pala and Sena Times : Mainly on the Basis of Epigraphic and Archaeological Sources. Calcutta: Punthi Pustak. p. 9.
Preceded by Pala Emperor
940–960 CE
Succeeded by