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Coin of the Pala Empire, Mahipala I and later. Circa 988-1161 CE

Mahipala (or Mahipala I; r. 988–1038) was a notable king of the Pala dynasty, which ruled over much of the Eastern regions of the Indian subcontinent, between the 8th and 12th century. He was the son and successor of Vigrahapala II. Mahipala's reign marked a resurgence in fortunes for the Pala empire whose boundaries were expanded as far as Varanasi. His rule was however temporarily hampered by the northern expedition of the Chola king, Rajendra I.[1][2]

Mahipala was succeeded by his son, Nayapala.[3]


  1. ^ Kulke, Hermann; Rothermund, Dietmar (2007). A history of India (4. ed., reprint. (twice). ed.). London [u.a.]: Routledge. p. 118. ISBN 9780415329200. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Pala dynasty". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  3. ^ Majumdar, Ramesh Chandra (2007). Ancient India (Reprinted. ed.). Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass. p. 318. ISBN 9788120804364. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
Preceded by
Vigrahapala II
Pala Emperor
988–1038 CE
Succeeded by