Vigrahapala I (Pala dynasty)
Vigrahapala was a 9th-century ruler of the Pala dynasty, in the Bengal region of the Indian subcontinent. He reigned for a brief period before becoming an ascetic. Vigrahapala was a grandson of Dharmapala's younger brother Vakapala and son of Jayapala. He was succeeded by his son, Narayanapala.
Previously, the historians believed that Shurapala and Vigrahapala were the two names of the same person. However, the discovery of a copper plate in 1970 in the Mirzapur district conclusively established that these two were cousins. They either ruled simultaneously (perhaps over different territories) or in rapid succession.:32–37 If they ruled in succession, it seems more likely that Shurapala preceded Vigrahapala, since Vigrahapala I and his descendants ruled in unbroken succession. Vigrahapala either dethroned Shurapala, or replaced him peacefully in absence of any direct heir to the throne.
Based on the different interpretations of the various epigraphs and historical records, the different historians estimate Vigrahapala's reign as follows::32–37
|Historian||Estimate of Gopala's reign|
|RC Majumdar (1971)||850-853 (along with Shurapala I)|
|AM Chowdhury (1967)||861-866 (along with Shurapala I)|
|BP Sinha (1977)||860-865 (along with Shurapala I)|
|DC Sircar (1975–76)||858-60|
Vigrahapala was of peaceful disposition, and abdicated the throne in favour of his son Narayanpala.
- Susan L. Huntington (1 January 1984). The "Påala-Sena" Schools of Sculpture. Brill Archive. ISBN 90-04-06856-2.
- Dilip Kumar Ganguly (1 January 1994). Ancient India, History and Archaeology. Abhinav Publications. p. 29. ISBN 978-81-7017-304-5.
- George E. Somers (1 January 1977). Dynastic History Of Magadha. Abhinav Publications. pp. 188–. ISBN 978-81-7017-059-4.
- The Cambridge Shorter History of India. CUP Archive. pp. 144–. GGKEY:2W0QHXZ7K40.
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