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Part 16 - Ganapamadevi (A.D. 1251-1264)

Queen Ganapamadevi was at the head of the state for a period of thirteen years from A.D. 1251, the last date for Beta. She assumed the entire Kota prasasti and imperialistic titles. Her earliest inscription is from Madala dated A.D. 1256 which records her remitting of some taxes for the merit of her father Ganapadevamaharaja. The Ipuruinscription of A.D. 1257 mentions queen Ganapama as mahamandalesvara Kota Gana-pamadevayammangaru. In the Madala inscription dated A.D. 1261, the queen is mentioned as Ganapamadevi yammangaru. Ganapama’s reign lasted up to A.D. 1264, the earliest date for her successor. The statement that her records are found up to A.D 1274 is not supported by evidence.

Her Political Relations

Chronology makes it definite that Ganapama assumed the reins of government of the Kota kingdom of Yenamadala, at a much earlier date than her sister Rudramadevi at Warangal. Ganapama’s contemporary on the references in her inscriptions. As Rudrama reigned towards the close of Ganapama’s reign, whose last date is A.D. 1264 the presumption that Ganapama was the queen referred to by Marco Polo reigning in her 40th year at the time of his visit is wrong, for Marco Polo’s visit was long after Ganapama reign in A.D. 1293. Ganapama’s contemporaries at Dharanikota were Ganapati and Bhima IV with whom she must have maintained friendly relations.

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