Short Essay on the Early Rashtrakutas of Manapura

This dynasty was founded by Mananka who carved out a kingdom from the Vakataka Kingdom. Mananka wrested Kuntala from the Vakatakas and established himself at the newly founded city of Manapura, modern Mana in the Satara district.

Mananka was succeeded in AD 400 by his son Devaraja, who came under the influence of Chandragupta II. After Devaraja, his three sons Vibhuraja alias Manaraja, Avidhya and Bhavishya came to the throne one after the other. Bhavishya was followed by his son Abhimanyu (AD 470-90).

Abhimanyu was reduced to Vassalage by Vakataka King Harishena. Dejjamahraja may have been one of the successors of Abhimanyu. After him Vishnukundin King Madhavavarman I took over the Rashtrakuta dominions. However, they were soon driven out and the Rashtrakutas continued to flourish till the rise of the Early Chalukyas.