What was the Capital of the Rashtrakutas?

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Updated on: November 9th, 2023

The capital of the Rashtrakutas was modern Malkhaid, also known as Manyakheta. It is a former city in Karnataka, India, approximately 135 kilometers southwest of Hyderabad. The city was discovered in the 9th century by Rashtrakuta monarch Amoghavarsha I and grew to become the Rashtrakutas dynasty’s capital.

Capital of Rashtrakutas

Manyakheta has historical significance because it was the capital of Rashtrakuta’s successors, the Kalyani Chalukyas or Western Chalukyas. The Rashtrakuta empire was centered on the states of Karnataka, Maharashtra, and parts of Andhra Pradesh, which the Rashtrakutas ruled for nearly two centuries.

  • The capital of the Rashtrakuta is the home to cement factories named Rajashree Cements, owned by the Aditya Birla Group.
  • It is situated around 40 km southeast of Gulbarga, on the left bank of the Kagina River.
  • The origins of Rashtrakuta’s history include Medieval notes, Ancient publications in the Pali language, Contemporary literature in Sanskrit and Kannada, and the letters of Arab travelers.
  • Between the sixth and tenth centuries, the Rashtrakuta dynasty ruled large parts of the Indian subcontinent.

A 7th-century copper plate grant detailing their rule from Manipur, a city in Central or West India, is the earliest known Rashtrakuta inscription.

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