top of page
  • Writer's pictureRajeev Katyal

Mahipala, a contemporary of Mahmud Ghazni and the great Cholas

Mahipala, a contemporary of Mahmud Ghazni and the great Cholas

Mahipala, a contemporary of Mahmud Ghazni and the great Cholas

Mahipala I came to power around 980 AD and ruled till 1030 AD approximately. A total of almost 50 years. This very interestingly would make him the contemporary of Mahmud Ghazni while the latter was ravaging north and west India and also looting and plundering the shrines of India. It also made him the contemporary of great Chola emperors like Rajaraja and Rajendra Chola. In fact the Chola Kings raided Bengal at this time and gained territory being presented with elephants and treasure. Mahipala consolidated Pala's hold over Bengal and Bihar..

So very interestingly things in India were topsy-turvy. On one hand, the Rashtrakutas and Gurjara Pratiharas were finished as empires. An unchecked Mahmud Ghazni was ravaging north and northwest India defended by splintered kingdoms. On the other hand, there was a strong Pala empire in east India. At the same time, a very powerful Chola empire had emerged in South India as a successor to Rashtrakutas. This empire was fighting a war along India’s eastern seaboard with the Pala empire while along the land-locked north West India, desperate resistance was being waged against Mahmud Ghazni. Picture courtesy – Classical Numismatic Group

📜Battles for Delhi: Dilli Kareeb AST is a must-read for every Indian who wants to understand the price of freedom. The storytelling format makes it fascinating and engaging at the same time.

33 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Comments


bottom of page