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Satavahana Empire

271 BCE or 30 BCE[1]–220 CE ↓
Territorial extent of the Satavahana Empire (continuous line) and conquests (dotted line).

Capital Pratishthana, Amaravati

Languages Prakrit

Religion Hinduism, Buddhism

Government Monarchy


 •  230–207 BC Simuka

 •  190s AD Madhariputra Svami Sakasena

Historical era Antiquity

 •  Established 271 BCE or 30 BCE[1]

 •  Disestablished 220 CE

Preceded by Succeeded by

Maurya Empire Vakataka dynasty

Ikshvaku dynasty
Chutu dynasty
Western Satraps

Today part of India

Satavahana Kings (271 BCE – 220 CE)

Simuka (1st century BCE)

Kanha (1st century BCE/CE)

Satakarni (1st-2nd century CE)

Sivasvati (1st century CE)

Gautamiputra Satakarni (1st-2nd century CE)

Vasishthiputra Pulumavi (2nd century CE)

Vashishtiputra Satakarni (2nd century CE)

Shivaskanda Satakarni (2nd century CE)

Yajna Sri Satakarni (2nd century CE)

Vijaya (2nd century CE)

The Satavahanas (IAST: Sātavāhana), were an Indian dynasty based in the Deccan region. The
beginning of the Satavahana rule is dated variously from 271 BCE to 30 BCE.[1] Satavahanas
dominated the Deccan region from the 1st century BCE to the 3rd century CE.[2] The dynasty
reached its zenith under the rule of Gautamiputra Satakarni and his successor Vasisthiputra
Pulamavi. The kingdom fragmented into smaller states in the early 3rd century CE. The most
liberal estimates suggest that it lasted until around 220 CE.

The Satavahana kingdom mainly comprised the present-day Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and
Maharashtra. At different times, their rule extended to the northern Karnataka, eastern and
southern Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Saurashtra in Gujarat.[1] The Satavahana capitals at
various times included Amaravati (Dharanikota), Pratishthana (modern Paithan) and Junnar.[3]

The origin of the dynasty is uncertain, but their ancestors could have been vassals to the
Mauryans. After the end of the Mauryan rule, they established peace in the Deccan region, and
resisted the onslaught of foreigner invaders. In particular their struggles with the Saka Western
Satraps went on for a long time. The Satavahanas were early issuers of Indian state coinage
struck with images of their rulers. They formed a cultural bridge and played a vital role in trade and
the transfer of ideas and culture to and from the Indo-Gangetic Plain to the southern tip of India.

The Satavahanas patronized Prakrit language instead of Sanskrit. They supported Buddhism as
well as Brahmanism.[4]

Names and etymology

Satavahanas laid foundations to Buddhist rock-cut architecture during this period, Ajanta caves.

According to one theory, "Satavahana" is a Prakrit form of the Sanskrit Sapta-Vahana ("driven by
seven"; in Hindu mythology, the chariot of the sun god is drawn by seven horses). This would
indicate that the Satavahanas originally claimed descent from the legendary solar dynasty, as was
common in ancient India. Another theory connects their name to the earlier Satiyaputa dynasty.
Yet another theory derives their name from the Munda words Sadam ("horse") and Harpan ("son"),
implying "son of the performer of a horse sacrifice".[4]

A number of Satavahana rulers adopted the title Satakarni (IAST: Śātakarṇi). Shalivahana (IAST:
Śālivāhana) is also considered a variation of Satavahana.[5][6][7] According to Damodar D. Kosambi,
Satavahana, Satakarni and Shalivahana seem to be Sanskritised versions of the Dravidian word

The Satavahanas are identified with dynasties mentioned by the names Andhra (Matsya Purana),
Andhrara-jatiya (Vayu and Brahmanda) and Andhra-bhrtya in the Puranic literature.[4][8] Although
these names do not appear in the coins or inscriptions of the Satavahanas, the names of several
Satavahana rulers overlap with the names mentioned in the Puranic chronologies of the Andhra
dynasty.[9] The term "Andhra" may refer to ethnicity or territory (see Origin below). The term
Andhra-bhrtya may be interpreted as "Andhra servants", implying that the ancestors of the
Satavahanas served as subordinates of Mauryas or Shungas. However, that term can also be
interpreted as "Servants of Andhras", thus implying that they were feudatories of another dynasty
that ruled Andhra. Another possibility is that Andhra-bhrtya refers to a related dynasty that
succeeded the Satavahanas.[1][4]

The date and place of origin of the Satavahanas, as well as the meaning of the dynasty's name,
are a matter of debate among the historians. Some of these debates have happened in the
context of regionalism, with the present-day Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and
Telangana being variously claimed as the original homeland of the Satavahanas.[10]

The Satavahana kings do not refer to themselves as "Andhra" in any of their coins or inscriptions.
But their names match with the names of the Andhra dynasty rulers mentioned in the various
Puranas. This has led a section of scholars to believe that the Satavahanas originated in the
eastern Deccan (present-day Andhra Pradesh and Telangana), taken to be the homeland of the
ancient Andhra tribe.[11] At Kotilingala in Telangana, coins bearing the legend "Rano Siri Chimuka
Satavahanasa" were found.[12] P. V. P. Sastry identified Chimuka with the dynasty's founder
Simuka,[13] making Kotilingala the only place where coins attributed to Simuka have been found.
Coins attributed to Simuka's successors Kanha and Satakarni I have also been discovered at
Kotilingla.[15] Based on these coins, historians such as D. R. Reddy, S. Reddy and Shankar R. Goyal
have argued that Kotlingala was the original home base of the Satavahanas.[16] Carla M. Sinpoli
argues that the coin samples from Kotlingala are small, and it is not known where they were
minted or how they reached Kotilingala.[16] S. Chattopadhyaya also contests the discovery of early
Satavahana coins in eastern Deccan as evidence of their origin there, arguing that the coins can
travel via trade.[17] Moreover, the identification of Chimuka of Kotilingala with the dynasty's
founder Simuka has been contested by several scholars including P. L. Gupta and I. K. Sarma, who
believe that Chimuka was a later ruler.[12][18][19] P.V.P. Sastry also changed his view and later stated
that the two kings were different.[13] As for the Puranas, these texts were compiled much later,
during the Gupta period, and it is not certain if the Satavahanas were referred to as Andhras during
their time.[19]
The earliest extant Satavahana inscriptions, dated to c. 1st century BCE, have been found at
Pandu Leni (Nashik) and Naneghat in present-day Maharashtra. The Nashik inscription was issued
during the reign of Kanha, while the two inscriptions at Naneghat are associated with Satakarni I
and his wife Naganika.[10] The majority of the other early inscriptions have also been found in
western Deccan.[16] On the other hand, the epigraphic evidence from eastern Deccan does not
mention the Satavahanas before 4th century CE.[19] At Nevasa, a seal and coins attributed to
Kanha have been discovered.[20] Coins attributed to Satakarni I have also been discovered at
Nashik, Nevasa and Pauni (besides places in eastern Deccan and present-day Madhya Pradesh).
Based on these evidences, some historians argue that the Satavahanas initially came to power
in the area around their capital Pratishthana (modern Paithan, Maharashtra) and then expanded
their territory to eastern Deccan.[21] Moreover, Andhra has been used as a both tribal and territorial
name.[22] Vidya Dehejia theorizes that the writers of the Puranas (which were written after the
Satvahana period) mistook the Satavahana presence in eastern Deccan as evidence of their origin
there, and called them "Andhra".[23] C. Margabandhu agrees that the Satavahanas came to power
in western Deccan, but believes that they were called "Andhra" because of their ethnicity: they
were from eastern Deccan, and had settled in the west as Mauryan subordinates.[10] Sinopoli
states that the inference about the western Deccan origin of the Satavahanas is "tentative at best"
given the small sample of inscriptions.[24]

Some scholars suggest the Kannada origin of the Satavahanas and maintain that at first, they
owed allegiance to some Andhra rulers.[22] As per some scholars, the Satavahanas were not
Andhras (Telugus) but merely Andhra-Bhrityas, servants of the Andhras, of Kanarese or Kannada
origin. Dr. V. S. Sukthankar suggests that the territorial division Satavahani-Satahani
(Satavahanihara or Satahani-rattha) must have comprised a good portion of the Bellary district of
Karnataka and that it was the original home of the Satavahana family.[25] A stupa in Kanaganahalli
(Karnataka), dated between first century BCE and first century CE, features limestone panels
depicting portraits of Chimuka (Simuka), Satakani (Satakarni) and other Satavahana rulers.[26]

In the Nashik inscription of Gautami Balashri, her son Gautamiputra Satakarni is called
"ekabamhana", which is interpreted by some as "unrivaled Brahmana", thus indicating a Brahmin
origin. However, R. G. Bhandarkar interprets this word as "the only protector of the Brahmins".[27]


Simuka is mentioned as the first king in a list of royals in a Satavahana inscription at Nanaghat.[28]
According to Jain legends, he adopted Jainism; but, in the last years of his life, he became a tyrant,
for which he was deposed and killed.[29]

The Puranas state that the first Andhra king ruled for 23 years, and mention his name variously as
Sishuka, Sindhuka, Chhismaka, Shipraka etc. These are believed to be corrupted spellings of
Simuka, resulting from copying and re-copying of manuscripts.[30]

Simuka cannot be dated with certainty based on available evidence. Based on the following
theories, the beginning of the Satavahana rule is dated variously from 271 BCE to 30 BCE.[1]

According to archaeologist Charles Higham, the coin-based evidence suggests that Simuka's
reign ended sometime before 120 BCE.[2]

The Matsysa and Vayu Puranas mention that the first Andhra king overthrew the Kanva ruler
Susharman (c. 40–30 BCE). Based on identification of Simuka with this king, some scholars
believe that Simuka's reign started in 30 BCE. Scholars supporting this theory include D. C. Sircar,
H. C. Raychaudhuri and others.[8]

The Matsya Purana mentions that the Andhra dynasty ruled for around 450 years. It is known that
the Satavahana rule continued till the beginning of the early 3rd century. Therefore, the beginning
of the Satavahana rule can be dated to 3rd century BCE. In addition, Indica by Megasthenes (350 –
290 BCE) mentions a powerful tribe named "Andarae", whose king maintained an army of 100,000
infantry, 2,000 cavalry and 1,000 elephants. If Andarae is identified with the Andhras, this can be
considered additional evidence of Satavahana rule starting in 3rd century BCE. According to this
theory, Simuka was an immediate successor of the Mauryan emperor Ashoka (304–232 BCE). Its
proponents argue that the Kanvas were Interregnal rulers who grabbed power from the
Satavahanas. The last Kanva ruler Susharman was overthrown by a Satavahana successor of
Simuka. Scholars supporting this theory include A. S. Altekar, K. P. Jayaswal, V. A. Smith and
others. Sudhakar Chattopadhyaya also supports the Kanva interregnum theory, but argues that it
was Simuka who overthrew the Kanva rule.[8]

Chronologies of the Satavahana kings (as "Andhra" dynasty) are mentioned in the following
Puranas: Matsya, Vayu, Vishnu, Brahmanda, and Bhagavata. The various Puranas give different
chronologies of the Andhra kings. Even among the different manuscripts of the same Purana,
there are substantial differences between the number of kings stated, the number of kings actually
named, the names of the kings and the length of their reigns. In some manuscripts, the number of
kings is mentioned as 30, and their total reign is mentioned around 450 years. However, many of
these actually name only 17-19 kings, and their total reign adds up to around 300.[8][31] Sudhakar
Chattopadhyaya explains these inconsistencies as follows: The original Satavahana rule started
somewhere in the second half of the 3rd century BCE. From this point, around 30 Satvahana kings
ruled for nearly 450 years until 220-225 CE. During this period there was a Kanva interregnum.
According to Chattopadhyaya, the Brahmanda Purana states: "the four Kanvas will rule the earth
for 45 years; then (it) will again go to the Andhras". This indicates that after overthrowing the
Kanvas, the Satavahanas regained their power: from this point, around 17-19 kings ruled for nearly
300 years until 220-225 CE. He further argues that Simuka was the person who overthrew Kanvas;
the compiler of the Puranas confused him with the founder of the dynasty.[8]

Early expansion

Simuka was succeeded by his brother Kanha (also known as Krishna), who extended the kingdom
up to Nashik in the west.[2][8] His successor Satakarni I conquered western Malwa, Anupa
(Narmada valley) and Vidarbha, taking advantage of the turmoil caused by Greek invasions of
northern India. He performed Vedic sacrifices including Ashvamedha and Rajasuya. Instead of the
Buddhists, he patronized Brahmins and donated a substantial amount of wealth to them.[4] The
Hathigumpha inscription of the Kalinga king Kharavela mentions a king named "Satakani" or
"Satakamini", who is identified with Satakarni. The inscription describes dispatching of an army
and Kharavela's threat to a city. Since the inscription is only partially legible, different scholars
interpret the events described in the inscription differently. According to R. D. Banerji and Sailendra
Nath Sen Kharavela sent out an army against Satakarni.[32] According to Bhagwal Lal, Satakarni
wanted to avoid an invasion of his kingdom by Kharavela. So, he sent horses, elephants, chariots
and men to Kharavela as a tribute.[33] According to Sudhakar Chattopadhyaya, Kharavela's army
diverted its course after failing to advance against Satakarni.[34] According to Alain Daniélou,
Kharavela was friendly with Satakarni, and only crossed his kingdom without any clashes.[35]

Satakarni's successor Satakarni II ruled for 56 years, during which he captured eastern Malwa
from the Shungas. He was succeeded by Lambodara. The coins of Lambodara's son and
successor Apilaka have been found in eastern Madhya Pradesh.[4]

First Saka invasion

Little is known about Apilaka's successors, except cryptic references to one Kuntala Satakarni. The
next well-known ruler of the dynasty was Hāla (20-24 CE), who composed Gaha Sattasai in
Maharashtri Prakrit. Around this time, the Sakas invaded the Satavahana kingdom. Like Hala, his
four successors also ruled for very short periods (a total of 12 years), indicating troubled times for
the Satavahanas.[4] The Western Kshatrapa (Saka) king Nahapana defeated the Satavahanas, and
ruled their territory for nearly half a century.[2]
First revival

Fragment of Amaravati Stupa.

The Satavahana power was revived by Gautamiputra Satakarni, who is considered the greatest of
the Satavahana rulers.[2] Charles Higham dates his reign c. 103-127 CE.[2] S. Nagaraju dates it 106-
130 CE.[36] Gautamiputra defeated Nahapana and recovered the territories lost to the Sakas. His
kingdom extended from the present-day Rajasthan in the north to Krishna river in the south, and
from Saurashtra in the west to Kalinga in the east. He assumed the titles Raja-Raja (King of Kings)
and Maharaja (Great King), and was described as the Lord of Vindhya. The Nashik inscription of
his mother Gautami Balashri, dated to the 20th year after his death, records his achievements.[4]

During the last years of his reign, his administration was apparently handled by his mother, which
could have been a result of an illness or military preoccupation.[4] According to the Nasik
inscription made by his mother Gautami Balasri, he is the one...

...who crushed down the pride and conceit of the Kshatriyas; who destroyed
the Sakas (Western Satraps), Yavanas (Indo-Greeks) and Pahlavas (Indo-
Parthians),... who rooted out the Khakharata family (the Kshaharata family
of Nahapana); who restored the glory of the Satavahana race.[37]

Gautamiputra was the first Satavahana ruler to issue the portrait-type coinage, in a style derived
from the Western Satraps.[38]

Royal earrings, 1st Century BCE.

Gautamiputra was succeeded by his son Vasisthiputra Sri Pulamavi (or Pulumayi). According to
Sailendra Nath Sen, Pulumavi ruled from 96-119 CE.[4] According to Charles Higham, he ascended
the throne around 110 CE.[2] Pulumavi features in a large number of Satavahana inscriptions and
his coins have been found distributed over a wide area. This indicates that he maintained
Gautamiputra's territory, and ruled a prosperous kingdom. He is believed to have added the Bellary
region to Satakarni's kingdom. His coins featuring ships with double mast have been found on the
Coromandel Coast, indicating involvement in maritime trade and naval power. The old stupa at
Amaravati was renovated during his reign.[4]

Second Saka invasion

Pulumavi's successor was his brother Vashishtiputra Satakarni. According to S. N. Sen he ruled
during 120-149 CE;[4] according to Charles Higham, his regnal years spanned 138-145 CE.[2] He
entered into a marriage alliance with the Western Satraps, marrying the daughter of Rudradaman I.

The Junagadh inscription of Rudradaman I states that he defeated Satakarni, the lord of
Dakshinapatha (Deccan), twice. It also states that he spared the life of the defeated ruler because
of close relations:[2][39]

"Rudradaman (...) who obtained good report because he, in spite of having
twice in fair fight completely defeated Satakarni, the lord of Dakshinapatha,
on account of the nearness of their connection did not destroy him."

— Junagadh rock inscription

According to D. R. Bhandarkar and Dineshchandra Sircar, the ruler defeated by Rudradaman was
Gautamiputra Satakarni. However, E. J. Rapson believed that the defeated ruler was his son
Vasishthiputra Pulumavi.[40] Shailendra Nath Sen and Charles Higham believe that the defeated
ruler was Vashishtiputra's successor Shivaskanda or Shiva Sri Pulumayi (or Pulumavi).[2][4]

As a result of his victories, Rudradaman regained all the former territories previously held by
Nahapana, except for the extreme south territories of Pune and Nasik.[38] Satavahana dominions
were limited to their original base in the Deccan and eastern central India around Amaravati.

Second revival

Amaravati Marbles, fragments of Buddhist stupa

Sri Yajna Sātakarni, the last person belonging to the main Satavahana dynastic line, briefly revived
the Satavahana rule. According to S. N. Sen, he ruled during 170-199 CE.[4] Charles Higham dates
the end of his reign to 181 CE. His coins feature images of ships, which suggest naval and marine
trade success.[2] Wide distribution of his coins, and inscriptions at Nashik, Kanheri and Guntur
indicate that his rule extended over both eastern and western parts of Deccan. He recovered much
of the territory lost the Western Kshatrapas, and issued silver coinage, imitating them. During the
last years of his reign, the Abhiras captured the northern parts of the kingdom, around Nashik

After Yajna Satakarni, the dynasty was soon extinguished following the rise of its feudatories,
perhaps on account of a decline in central power.[41] Yajna Sri was succeeded by Madhariputra
Swami Isvarasena. The next king Vijaya ruled for 6 years. His son Vasishthiputra Sri Chadha
Satakarni ruled for 10 years.[4] Pulumavi IV, the last king of the main line, ruled until c. 225 CE.
During his reign, several Buddhist monuments were constructed at Nagarjunakonda and
Amaravati.[2] Madhya Pradesh was also part of his kingdom.[4]

After the death of Pulumavi IV, the Satavahana empire fragmented into five smaller kingdoms:[4]

Northern part, ruled by a collateral branch of the Satavahanas (which ended in early 4th century[2])

Western part around Nashik, ruled by the Abhiras

Eastern part (Krishna-Guntur region), ruled by the Andhra Ikshvakus

South-western parts (northern Karanataka), ruled by the Chutus of Banavasi

South-eastern part, ruled by the Pallavas


The Satavahanas followed the administration guidelines from the Shastras. Their government was
less top-heavy than that of the Mauryans, and featured several levels of feudatories:[4]

Rajan, the hereditary rulers Rajas, petty princes who stuck coins in their own names

Maharathis, hereditary lords who could grant villages in their own names and maintained
matrimonial relations with the ruling family


Mahasenapati (civil administrator under Pulumavi II; governor of a janapada under Pulumavi IV)

Mahatalavara ("great watchman")

The royal princes (kumaras) were appointed as viceroys of the provinces.[4]

Indian ship on lead coin of Vasisthiputra Sri Pulamavi, testimony to the naval, seafaring and trading capabilities of the
Satavahanas during the 1st–2nd century CE.
The Satavahanas controlled the eastern coast of India along the Bay of Bengal, and as a result,
they dominated the growing Indian trade with the Roman Empire. The Periplus of the Erythraean
Sea mentions two important Satavahana trade centres: Pratishthana and Tagara. Other important
urban centres included Kondapur, Banavasi and Madhavpur. Nanaghat was the site of an
important pass that linked the Satavahana capital Pratishthana to the sea. During 60-70 BCE, the
consorts of Satakarni set up inscriptions detailing their donations here.[2]


The Satavahanas are the first rulers to issue their own coins with portraits of their rulers, starting
with king Gautamiputra Satakarni, a practice derived from that of the Western Satraps he defeated,
itself originating with the Indo-Greek kings to the northwest.

Satavahana coins give unique indications as to their chronology, language, and even facial
features (curly hair, long ears and strong lips). They issued mainly lead and copper coins; their
portrait-style silver coins were usually struck over coins of the Western Kshatrapa kings.

The coin legends of the Satavahanas, in all areas and all periods, used a Prakrit dialect without
exception. Some reverse coin legends are in Tamil,[42] and Telugu language,[43] which seems to
have been in use in their heartland abutting the Godavari, Kotilingala, Karimnagar in Telangana,
Krishna, Amaravati, Guntur in Andhra Pradesh.[44]

Their coins also display various traditional symbols, such as elephants, lions, horses and chaityas
(stupas), as well as the "Ujjain symbol", a cross with four circles at the end.

Coin of Gautamiputra Yajna Satakarni (r. 167–196 CE). Satakarni issue, Maharashtra – Vidarbha type.

Satavahana 1st century BCE coin inscribed in Brahmi: "(Sataka)Nisa". British Museum.

Silver coin of king Vashishtiputra Sātakarni (c. AD 160).

Scroll supported by Indian Yaksha, Amaravati, 2nd–3rd century CE.

Cultural achievements
An aniconic representation of Mara's assault on the Buddha, 2nd century, Amaravati.
Of the Sātavāhana kings, Hāla (r. 20–24 CE) is famous for compiling the collection of Maharashtri
poems known as the Gaha Sattasai (Sanskrit: Gāthā Saptashatī), although from linguistic evidence
it seems that the work now extant must have been re-edited in the succeeding century or two.

The Satavahanas influenced South-East Asia to a great extent, spreading Hindu culture, language
and religion into that part of the world. Their coins had images of ships.

Art of Amaravati

The Sātavāhana rulers are also remarkable for their contributions to Buddhist art and architecture.
They built great stupas in the Krishna River Valley, including the stupa at Amaravati in Andhra
Pradesh. The stupas were decorated in marble slabs and sculpted with scenes from the life of the
Buddha, portrayed in a characteristic slim and elegant style. The Satavahana empire colonized
Southeast Asia and spread Indian culture to those parts. The Amaravati style of sculpture spread
to Southeast Asia at this time.

Art of Sanchi

The Satavahanas contributed greatly to the embellishment of the Buddhist stupa of Sanchi. The
gateways and the balustrade were built after 70 BCE, and appear to have been commissioned by
them. An inscription records the gift of one of the top architraves of the Southern Gateway by the
artisans of the Satavahana Emperor Satakarni:

Gift of Ananda, the son of Vasithi, the foreman of the artisans of rajan Siri

List of rulers
Because of uncertainty regarding the establishment date of the Satavahana kingdom, it is difficult
to give absolute dates for the reigns of the Satavahana kings.[1]

Multiple Puranas contain chronology of Satavahana kings. However, there are inconsistencies
among the various Puranas over the number of kings in the dynasty, the names of the kings, and
the length of their rule. In addition, some of the kings listed in the Puranas are not attested via
archaeological and numismatic evidence. Similarly, there are some kings known from coins and
inscriptions, whose names are not found in the Puranic lists.[1][8]

The reconstructions of the Satavahana kings by historians fall into two categories. According to
the first one, 30 Satavahana kings ruled for around 450 years, starting from Simuka's rule
immediately after the fall of the Mauryan empire. This view relies heavily on the Puranas, and is
now largely discredited. According to the second (and more widely accepted) category of
reconstructions, the Satavahana rule started in around first century BCE. The chronologies in this
category contain a smaller number of kings, and combine Puranic records with archaeological,
numismatic and textual evidence.[9]

Himanshu Prabha Ray provides the following chronology, based on archaeological and
numismatic evidence:[9]

Simuka (before 100 BCE) Kanha (100-70 BCE) Satakarni I (70-60 BCE) Satakarni II (50-25 BCE)

Kshatrapa interregnum with vassal Satavahana kings like Hāla

Gautamiputra Satakarni (86-110 CE) Pulumavi (110-138 CE)

Vashishtiputra Satakarni (138-145 CE) Shiva Shri Pulumavi (145-152 CE)

Shiva Skanda Satakarni (145-152 CE) Yajna Shri Satakarni (152-181 CE) Vijaya Satakarni

Chandra Shri Pulumavi II Abhira Isvasena Madhariputra Sakasena Haritiputra Satakarni

Sudhakar Chattopadhyaya believes that Simuka was not the founder of the original dynasty, rather
its reviver after the Kanva interregnum. According to him, some Purana compilers confused
Simuka with the dynasty's founder, and introduced inaccurate names to fill the resulting gaps in
the chronology. Accordingly, he dates Simuka's reign to c. 30-7 BCE, and Satakarni I to 1st century

Puranic lists
The names of the Andhra kings (in IAST), as mentioned in the various Puranas, are given below.
The names vary across different manuscripts of the same Puranas, and some names are missing
in some of the manuscripts. The list given below for each Purana contains the most exhaustive
version. In the Puranas, Krishna (IAST: Kṛṣṇa) is described as brother of the first king, who
overthrew the Kanva king Susharman. All other kings are described as sons of their predecessors.
The names and years in brackets indicate alternatives given in various manuscripts. The first king
is also known as Shudraka or Suraka in the Kumarika Khanda of Skanda Purana (not present in the
table below).[31][46]

Puranic genealogy of Andhra dynasty[31][46][47]

Historical Reign Reign Reign
Bhagavata Brahmanda Matsya Vayu
identification (years) (Years) (years)

Simuka Chhismaka 23 Śiśuka 23 Sindhuka 23

Kanha Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa 18 Kṛṣṇa 18 Kṛṣṇa 18

Śri Śatakarṇi Śri-Śatakarṇi 10 18 Śri Śatakarṇi -
or Simalakarni

Paurṇamāsa Pūrṇotsanga 18 Pūrṇotsanga 18 Pūrṇotsanga 18


Satakarni Śatakarṇi 56 Śatakarṇi 56 Śatakarṇi 56

Lambodara Lambodara 18 Lambodara 18 Lambodara 18

Ivīlaka Āpīlaka 12 12 Āpīlaka 12

Saudāsa 18

Meghasvāti 18


Aṭamāna Ābhi 12 24

Nemi Kṛṣṇa 25
Skandasvāti 28 Skandasvāti 7

(Mrigendra- 3

(Kuntala- 8

Svātikarṇa 1



Hāla Hāleya Hāla 5 Hala -

Talaka Bhavaka 5 5 Pulaka 5

Purīṣbhoru Pravillasena 12 Purindrasena 5 Purikasena 21

Sundara Sundara
Sunandana 1 1 Śatakarṇi 1
Śatakarṇi Svātikarṇika

Chakora Chakora
Chakora 6 Svātikarṇa 6 0.5
Śatakarṇin Śatakarṇi


Vataka 8

Śivasvāti Svātisena 1 Śivasvāti 28 Śivasvāmi 28

Gotamiputra Yantramati 34 Gautamīputra 21 Gautamīputra 21

Purīmān Pulomat 28
Sri Pulamavi

Vashishtiputra Śatakarṇi 29

Madaśirā Ābhi 4 Śivaśri 7

Shivaskanda Śivaskanda Śatakarṇi
Śivaskanda 2 7 (9)
Satakarni Śatakarṇi (Skandha-

Yajna Sri Yajñaśri
Yajñaśri 19 (Yajñaśri- 9 (20) Yajñaśri 29
Satakarni Śatakarṇi

Śatakarṇi 60

Vijaya Vijaya 6

Chandravijaya 3 (Chandra-Śri- 10 Daṇḍaśri 3

Lomadhi Puloma 7 Pulomat 7 Puloma 7

Purana-based lists

S. Nagaraju relies on the Puranic lists of 30 kings, and gives the following regnal dates:[36]

Simuka (r. 228–205 BCE) Krishna (r. 205–187 BCE) Satakarni I (r. 187–177 BCE)

Purnotsanga (r. 177–159 BCE) Skandhastambhi (r. 159–141 BCE) Satakarni II (r. 141–85 BCE)

Lambodara (r. 85–67 BCE) Apilaka (r. 67-55 BCE) Meghasvati (r. 55-37 BCE) Svati (r. 37-19 BCE)

Skandasvati (r. 19-12 BCE) Mrigendra Satakarni (r. 12-9 BCE) Kunatala Satakarni (r. 9-1 BCE)

Satakarni III (r. 1 BCE-1 CE) Pulumavi I (r. 1-36 CE) Gaura Krishna (r. 36-61 CE) Hāla (r. 61–66 CE)

Mandalaka aka Puttalaka or Pulumavi II (r. 69-71 CE) Purindrasena (r. 71-76 CE)

Sundara Satakarni (r. 76-77 CE) Chakora Satakarni (r. 77-78 CE) Shivasvati (r. 78-106 CE)

Gautamiputra Satkarni (r. 106-130 CE) Vasisthiputra aka Pulumavi III (r. 130-158 CE)

Shiva Sri Satakarni (r. 158-165 CE) Shivaskanda Satakarni (r. 165–172)
Sri Yajna Satakarni (r. 172–201 CE) Vijaya Satakarni (r. 201-207 CE)

Chandra Sri Satakarni (r. 207-214 CE) Pulumavi IV (r. 217-224 CE)

Dr. M. Rama Rao gives the following chronology, with gaps indicating uncertainty:[48]

Simukha (221-198 BCE) Krishna (198-180 BCE ) Satakarni (180-170 BCE)

Satakarni II (152-96 BCE) Hala (19-24 CE) Gautamiputra Satakarni (78-102 CE)

Gautamiputra Yajnasri (174-203 CE)


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