KRISHNA-3, 939-967 A.D. (Rashtrakuta Dynasty)
known as Kannara is one of the best and most valiant monarchs of the Rashtrakuta
dynasty which ruled from MaanaykheTa. He was known more for his military ability
and administrative skills rather than his patronage of arts and culture. He ascended
the throne after Amoghavarsha-3 with the able support of his brother-in-law BUtuga-2.
a war against ParAntaka COLa, a cOla king and won a decisive battle at takkOLam in North
Arcott district. His unconquered march moved right up to Tanjore and then on to
Rameshvaram. This victory is narrated in Somadeva's writing Yashatilaka
Champu of 959 as well. Entire region between
Kanchi to Tanjore came under his control. He defeated the Pandya kings who controlled
Kerala and Simhala kings with the able support of BUtuga.
After these victories
in the South he had to turn his attention to the north and he had to encounter the
cAndElas of bundElKanD as well as GUrjara prtihArAs of the north. He defeated them
ably assisted by Marasimha-2, a son of BUtuga. The king of mALava also conceded
defeat. The northernmost Kannada inscription of the Rashtrakutas,
dated about 964 is the Jura record (near Jabalpur) in present-day Madhya Pradesh.
The details of these victories are inscribed in this inscription.
Later on he interceded in the affairs
of ‘vengimanDala’ in favour of bADappa-2 against dAnArNava and was successful at
At his peak, he ruled a vast empire stretching from the Narmada river in the north
to the Kaveri river delta in the south. A copper grant of 993 issued by the Shilahara
king of Thana claims the Rashtrakuta control extended from the Himalayas(?)(Vindhya?)
in the north to Ceylon in the south and from the eastern sea to the western seas.(?)
The grant states that when King Krishna III mobilised his armies, the kings of Chola,
Bengal, Kannauj, Andhra and Pandya regions used to quiver.
a number of titles such as ‘akAlavarSa’, ‘vallaBanarEndra’, pruthvIvallaBa’, ‘kanchiyum
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