Ratnapala (Chahamana dynasty)

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Ratnapala
Maharajadhiraja
King of Naddula
Reignc. 1119-1132 CE
PredecessorAsharaja
SuccessorRayapala
DynastyChahamanas of Naddula
FatherPrithvipala

Ratna-pala (IAST: Ratnapāla, r. c. 1119–1132 CE) was an Indian king belonging to the Naddula Chahamana dynasty. He ruled the area around Naddula (present-day Nadol in Rajasthan), he seized the throne of Naddula from his uncle Asharaja, who had become the Chahamana king after his father's death.

Reign[edit]

Ratnapala was the son of the Chahamana king Prithvipala,[1] he was probably born after Prithvipala's death, or he was a minor at the time of his father's death.[2] Because of this, Prithvipala was succeeded by his brothers Jojalladeva and Asharaja. Asharaja controlled the throne of Naddula at least until 1115 CE.[3] An inscription states that one of his relatives captured Mandore, and Asharaja recaptured it; this relative was probably Ratnapala, who was trying to wrest control of the kingdom.[4]

By 1119 CE, Ratnapala had become the Chahamana king (Maharajadhiraja), as attested by a Sewari inscription.[1] Ratnapala probably forcibly dislodged Asharaja, because of which Asharaja joined the rival Chaulukya king Jayasimha Siddharaja.[3]

Ratnapala's 1119 CE Sewari inscription, issued from his camp at Nahura, records the grant of the Gumda Kurchcha (modern Gondoch in Pali district) to Brahmins.[5] Another inscription records his grant of the Riyasakudapa village to the Tripurushadeva temple.[4]

Ratnapala was succeeded by his son Rayapala.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b R. B. Singh 1964, p. 250.
  2. ^ R. B. Singh 1964, p. 248.
  3. ^ a b R. B. Singh 1964, p. 251.
  4. ^ a b c Dasharatha Sharma 1959, p. 131.
  5. ^ R. B. Singh 1964, pp. 250-251.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Dasharatha Sharma (1959). Early Chauhān Dynasties. S. Chand / Motilal Banarsidass. ISBN 9780842606189.
  • R. B. Singh (1964). History of the Chāhamānas. N. Kishore. OCLC 11038728.