Early History of Orissa – The Durjayas

About the middle of the sixth century A.D. a chief named Ranadurjaya established his rule in South Kalinga with Pishtapura as his capital. His grandson Prithvimaharaja was a powerful ruler but he was defeated and driven out from Pishtapura by the Chalukya king Pulakesin II. Prithvimaharaja shifted to Viraja where he issued a charter in his 49 th regnal year. The Mudgalas of Tosali were very probably crushed by the Durjaya king Prithvimaharaja. The power of this king was subsequently destroyed by Sasanka who occupied some parts of Orissa during that time.

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