The Real Story of “Gautamiputra Satakarni”


Gautamiputra Satakarni was a ruler of the Satavahana Empire in present-day Deccan region of India.

The information available about Gautamiputra Satakarni comes from his coins, the Satavahana inscriptions and the royal genealogies in the various Puranas. The best known of these is the Nashik prashasti (eulogy) inscription of his mother Gautami Balashri, which credits him with extensive military conquests.

The Sattavahanas who are mentioned in the Puranas as the Andhra were the original inhabitants of Western Deccan.

They however extended their sway over Eastern Deccan in the later years.

The founder of the Sattavahana dynasty according to Puranas was Simuka who ousted the last Kanva king Susharman from the throne and established the dominion of the Sattavahanas. Since the ascension of Simuka to the throne for the next half-century, the Sattavahanas witnessed a series of decline owing to the Scythian invasion.

But the Sattavahanas had experienced an incredible recovery under Gautamiputra Satakarni, the celebrated king of the Sattavahana Dynasty. He is also regarded the greatest of the Sattavahanas since his prosperity even excelled his predecessors.

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