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Inscriptions related to Alupa rulers found in city

An effort to document the old Veeranarayana Temple by the Religious and Charitable Endowments Department has led to the discovery of inscriptions related to VeeraKulashekaraAlupendra, the longest ruling king of Alupa dynasty which ruled the region in the 12th Century.

The palaeographical feature of the inscriptions shows that they go back to the 12th Century. The inscriptions have references to Bhuvanashraya, the place of Alupas in Kulashekara, which was one of the three kingdoms of the dynasty.

About Alupa Dynasty:

The Alupa also known as Alva (circa 2nd century C.E to 15th century C.E)[3] was an ancient ruling dynasty of India. The kingdom they ruled was known as AlvakhedaArusasira and its territory spanned the Coastal districts of the modern Indian state known as Karnataka.

The Alupas were initially independent but with the dominance of Kadambas from Banavasi, they became feudatory to them. Later they became the vassals of the Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Hoysalas with the change in political scenario of Southern India.

Their influence over coastal Karnataka lasted for about 1200 years. [3] There is evidence that the Alupas followed the law of matrilineal inheritance (Aliyasantana) since the Alupa king Soyideva was succeeded by his nephew KulasekharaBankideva (son of Alupa princess Krishnayitayi and Hoysala VeeraBallala III).

The last Alupa king to have ruled is KulasekharadevaAlupendradeva whose inscription dated 1444 CE have been found in Mudabidri

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