17 Facts About Rashtrakutas


Rashtrakutas then helped his father-in-law, Pallava King Nandivarman regain Kanchi from the Chalukyas and defeated the Gurjaras of Malwa, and the rulers of Kalinga, Kosala and Srisailam.

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Rashtrakutas led successful expeditions to Kannauj, the seat of northern Indian power where he defeated the Gurjara Pratiharas and the Palas of Bengal, gaining him fame and vast booty but not more territory.

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Rashtrakutas brought the Eastern Chalukyas and Gangas of Talakad under his control.

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Rashtrakutas came to the throne in 814 but it was not until 821 that he had suppressed revolts from feudatories and ministers.

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Rashtrakutas's rule was not as militant as that of Govinda III as he preferred to maintain friendly relations with his neighbours, the Gangas, the Eastern Chalukyas and the Pallavas with whom he cultivated marital ties.

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Rashtrakutas's era was an enriching one for the arts, literature and religion.

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Rashtrakutas's Kavirajamarga is considered an important landmark in Kannada poetics and Prashnottara Ratnamalika in Sanskrit is a writing of high merit and was later translated into the Tibetan language.

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Rashtrakutas defeated the dynasty's traditional enemies, the Pratiharas and the Palas, while maintaining his influence over Vengi.

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Since the Rashtrakutas successfully captured Kannauj, levied tribute on its rulers and presented themselves as masters of North India, the era could be called the "Age of Imperial Karnataka".

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Scholars have offered various arguments regarding which specific religion the Rashtrakutas favoured, basing their evidence on inscriptions, coins and contemporary literature.

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Some claim the Rashtrakutas were inclined towards Jainism since many of the scholars who flourished in their courts and wrote in Sanskrit, Kannada and a few in Apabhramsha and Prakrit were Jains.

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The Rashtrakutas built well-known Jain temples at locations such as Lokapura in Bagalkot district and their loyal feudatory, the Western Ganga Dynasty, built Jain monuments at Shravanabelagola and Kambadahalli.

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Rashtrakutas earned the title Ubhaya Kavichakravathi for his command over both Kannada and Sanskrit.

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Rashtrakutas was the author of Yasastilaka champu, Nitivakyamrita and other writings.

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Rashtrakutas delivered a discourse in the court of Amoghavarsha I encouraging abstinence from animal products and alcohol in medicine.

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Rashtrakutas contributed much to the architectural heritage of the Deccan.

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Rashtrakutas renovated these Buddhist caves and re-dedicated the rock-cut shrines.

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