The Tripartite Struggle
As stated above, the Tripartite Struggle occurred between the three great dynasties of the Palas, the Pratiharas, and the Rashtrakutas over the possession of Kannuaj. Kannauj in the early medieval period, was considered a mark of high status and authority. Having the reigns of Kannuaj in one's hands was also significant as it meant the control of the central Gangetic Valley, which was quite rich in resources and was, therefore, useful from a commercial point of view. Between the 8th and the 9th-century Kannauj was ruled by three weak kings- Indrayudha, Vijrayudha, and Chakrayudha. Their weakness attracted the attention of Rashtrakutas towards Kannauj.