Brief History of Bastar District of Chhattisgarh



Brief History of Bastar - Bastar region is considered to be an important part of Dandakaranya. Then this state did not exist. Danda, the third son of Ikshvaku, was the ruler of the district of Danda. Shukracharya was the Rajguru of King Dand. In the name of punishment, it was called Dandak district and later the entire forest area was called Dandakaranya.

History of Bastar:-The capital of Bastar was Kumbhavati in the epic period, which is called Madhumant in the Ramayana. Under its limits, the former Bastar state, Jaipur Zamindari, Chanda Zamindari and the north part of the Godavari river were included in modern Andhra Pradesh, that is, the Ramayana era 'Dandak Forest' is the Dandakaranya of today's Bastar, which is also known as Mahakantar in the Mahabharata period. Was. medieval dynasty

Chhindak Nagvansh (1023-1324 AD) At the time when the Kalchuri dynasty was ruling in the South Kosal region, around the same time the kings of Chhindak Nagvansh had authority in the Bastar region. These Nagavanshis were known as the Raja of 'Chakrakot'. Later its name was changed to 'Chitrakot'. The Nagvanshi ruler of Bastar used to wear the title of Bhogavatipurvareshwar.

Dharavarsha - An inscription of Nripabhushan's successor Dharavarsha Jagdev Bhushan has been received from Barsur in Shaka Samvat 983 i.e. 1060 AD, according to which his feudator Chandraditya had excavated a pond in Barsur as well as built a Shiva temple. Dharavarsha was an important ruler in contemporary times.

Madhurantakdev - After the death of Dharadev, a situation of conflict arose between his two relatives Madhurantakdev and his son Someshvara for power and for some time Madhurantakdev became the ruler after Dharavarsha. A copper plate inscription has been received from Rajpur (Jagdalpur), in which there is mention of donating to Rajpur village located in Bhramarkot mandal. Bhramarkot is another name for 'Chakrakot'.

Brief History of Bastar District of Chhattisgarh

Someshwardev - The records of Someshwar's period were received between 1069 and 1079 AD. He died between 1079 and 1111 AD, because the inscription received from Narayanpal of Someshwar's mother Gundmahadevi shows that in 1111 AD, there is a mention of the rule of Kanhardev, son of Someshwar.

Rajbhushan or Someshwar II - After Kanhar, there was a king named Rajbhushan Someshwar II. An inscription of his queen Gangamahadevi has been received from Barsur, in which Shaka Samvat 1130 i.e. 1208 AD is mentioned.

Jagdev Bhushan Narasimhadeva - After Someshwar II, Jagdev Bhushan Narasimhadeva was the king, whose inscription of Shaka Samvat 1140 i.e. 1218 AD has been received from Jatanpal and Shaka Samvat 1147 i.e. 1224 AD has been received. It is known from an inscription of Bhairamgarh that he was a devotee of Manik Devi. Manik Devi is equated with the famous Danteshwari Devi of Dantewada.

After this there is no systematic history of Chhindak Nagvansh. The mention of a king named Jai Singh Dev is found from the dateless inscription of Sunarpal. The last text is derived from 'Temra', a Sati memorial inscription. The Shaka Samvat dates back to 1246 i.e. 1324 AD, in which the mention of the king of Chakrakot named Harishchandra is received. It was the king of Nagvansh, after this there is no mention of Nagvansh.

 

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