Sripurusha was a Western Ganga
Dynasty king who ruled from 726 - 788
CE. According to the Javali inscription
Sripurusha ruled for 62 years.
He had marital relations with the Badami
Chalukyas and used titles
such as Muttarasa, Rajakesari, Bhimakopa and Ranabhajana. An able
warrior and a scholar, he authored the Sanskrit work Gajasastra. He is
known to have undertaken significant irrigation projects such as the
construction of a dam (Katta).
Politics of the South
The rule of
Sripurusha Muttarasa seems to have been filled with
conflicts with the
Pallavas of Kanchi, Pandyas, later the Rashtrakutas
who overthrew the
Vatapi Chalukyas. The victory of
Sripurusha over the
Pallava Nandivarman is attested to by Dr. N.L. Rao when he assumed a
title Permanadi. He had good relations with
Chalukyas and had helped
them fight the
Pallavas during the rule of
Vikramaditya II and later
he fought the Pandyas during the rule of Chalukya
Kirtivarman II but
suffered reversal at Venbai. When the
Rashtrakutas rose to power,
though betrayed by the Nolambas,
Sripurusha had many victories against
Krishna I and occupied some Ratta territories. This resistance to
Rashtrakutas continued for some time before the Gangas normalised
their relationship with martial alliances.
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