Pratihara


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Pratihara

 

(also Gurjara-Pratihara), a Rajput family that in the eighth century gave rise to the rulers of a large feudal state in North India, the Gurjara-Pratihara empire.

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Mani ADG visited the site on 2nd February, 2014 and in a brief exploratory survey could collect 31 pieces of terracotta coin moulds for casting coins of King MihiraBhoja, the mightly ruler of the Pratihara dynasty of Kannauj who ruled between 836 and 885 AD and whose empire covered almost entire northern and central India.
The discovery of the mint belonging to the Pratihara period is the first of its kind ever found in the country.
The motifs employed in these temples are a fine blend of Pratihara and Kalachuri art styles.
Though this part of the Vind_hyas was under the suzerainty of the Kalachuris and the majority of temples reported from the region belong to the Kalachuri style, the derivation of Pratihara motifs (Garuda and nagashakhas) in these temples needs to be interpreted in future studies.
The ancient Licchavi adhikaranas or offices of the Chancery and official titles such as Sarvadandanayaka, Mahabaladyaksya, Mahasamanta, Mahapratihara, pratihara or dauvarika , and dutaka are presumably replaced by Mahatha, Murtyamga Mahapatra, Kayastha, Upadhyaya, Jyotisa, Amatya, etc.
Kannauj at this time was a coveted prize for three regional powers locked in perennial conflict--the Rastrakutas in the south, the Pratiharas in the west, and the Palm in the east.