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Jivadaman was a Saka ruler of the Western Kshatrapas in northwestern India from during the 2nd century CE. He was the son of Damajadasri I (170–175), and the brother of Satyadaman.[1]

Western Satrap
Coin of Jivadaman 119 Shaka Era 197 CE.jpg
Coin of the Western Kshatrapa ruler Jivadaman, dated year 119 Saka era, thought to be 197 CE. British Museum.
Reign178-181 CE and 197-198 CE


The exact dating of Jivadaman's reign has been debated. He may have ruled as late as 121 (199 CE).[2]

Jivadaman had no sons, and consequently he was succeeded by his cousin Rudrasena I.[3]

Coins of JivadamanEdit

With Jivadaman, Western Satrap coins started to be minted with a date, recorded in Brahmi numerals behind the king's head.[4] According to his coins, Jivadaman seems to have ruled two times, once between Saka Era 100 and 103 (178–181 CE), before the rule of Rudrasimha I, and once between Saka Era 119 and 120 (197–198 CE).

A coin dated to the beginning of the first reign of Jivadaman, in the year 100 of the Saka Era (178 CE).


  1. ^ Rapson, p.cxxiii
  2. ^
  3. ^ Sailendra Nath Sen (1999). Ancient Indian History and Civilization. New Age International. p. 190. ISBN 978-81-224-1198-0.
  4. ^ Rapson, p.cxxiv


  • British Museum
  • Rapson, Edward James A catalogue of the Indian coins in the British Museum. Catalogue of the coins of the Andhra dynasty, the Western Ksatrapas, the Traikutaka dynasty, and the Bodhi dynasty Eastern Book House, India, 1990. First published in 1908.
Preceded by
Damajadasri I
Western Satrap
c. 175
Succeeded by
Rudrasimha I
Preceded by
Rudrasimha I
Western Satrap
c. 197–199
Succeeded by
Rudrasena I