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Source: Epigraphia Indica Vol. 1: The Praśasti of Lakkhā Maṇḍal

Mahīghaṅghala (महीघङ्घल) is another name of Divākaravarman: a king belonging to the line of Yadu (the yādavas), according to the Praśasti (eulogy or panegyric) of the temple of Lakkhā Maṇḍal at Maḍhā in the Jaunsār Bāwar district on the Upper Jamnā. Accordingly, the yādava kings of the lunar race (candravaṃśa) had ruled over the Siṅghapura country “since the beginning of the Yuga”.

The father of Mahīghaṅghala was named Acalavarman/Achalavarman (also known as Samaraghaṅghala). Accordingly, “His son was the illustrious lord of kings, Divākaravarman, whose sun-likenature (divākaratā) was shown by a characteristic (of his), the humbling of bis enemies’ fiery courage (paratejobhibhava), just as the sun causes to pale all other lights (paratejobhibhava); whose famed appellation ‘the Mahīghaṅghala’ warrior made his foes weaponless, when he nimbly strode over the battle(-field) that was impassable on account ofthe elephants’ tusks”.

The Praśasti (600-800 AD) was composed by Bhaṭṭa Vasudeva and incised in the stone by the mason Īśvaraṇāga. It records the dedication of a temple of Śiva by a princess, Īśvarā, who belonged to the royal race of Siṅghapura, for the spiritual welfare of her deceased husband. The latter, called Śrī-Candragupta, was the son of a king of Jālandhara. The greater part of the inscription is taken up by an account of the ancestors.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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