The history of Andhra country (1000 AD - 1500 AD)

by Yashoda Devi | 1933 | 138,355 words

This book recounts the History of the Andhra Pradesh Country from 1000 to 1500 A.D. including many dynasties (for example. the Reddis of Korukonda and the Eruva Chola of Rajahmundry)....

Part 34 - Rajaraja I (A.D. 1200-1273)

Rajaraja I succeeded his father probably about A.D. 1200. The upper limit of his reign is definite A.D, 1273 when he was succeeded by his son Vijayaditya II. So Rajaraja had a long reign of seventy years. He is said to have been a moon among kings and a Brahma in wisdom. None of his records are available. Rajaraja I had two sons—Vijayaditya II or Vijayarka and Purushottama.

Rajaraja I and the Gangas

The Ganga contemporaries of Rajaraja I were Rajaraja III, the son and successor of Ananga Bhima II, and the ruler from A.D.1198 to 1212, his son Ananga Bhima III (A.D.1211-1238), his son Narasimha I (A.D. 1238-1264) and his son and successor Bhanudeva I (A.D. 1264-1279). Of these Ganga emperors “Narasimha I (was) the second great king of the dynasty, the first being Anantavarman choda Ganga.” The period of the reign of Narasimha I is the most glorious in the annals of the Eastern Ganga dynasty, By taking the offensive.against the Musalmans of Bengal, Narasimha I adopted the only policy that was likely to be successful against the Musalmans of northern India.” As a result of his campaign the Muslim governors of Bengal respected the Hindus of Orrissa, and the southern districts of Western Bengal namely Midnapur, Howrah nnd Hooghly became a part of the kingdom of Orissa.

Vijayadita did not owe allegiance to the Ganga emperors who were not strong in that period. But Rajaraja I was a minister of Viranarasimha I. Probably he participated in the Ganga campaigns against the Muslims of Bengal from A.D. 1243 ownwards. We do not know whether Rajaraja I served Ehanvdeva I.

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