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The Gurjara-Pratihara dynasty, also known as the Pratihara Empire, was an imperial power during the Late Classical period on the Indian subcontinent, that ruled much of Northern India from the mid-7th to the 11th century. They ruled first at Ujjain and later at Kannauj.


The Gurjara-Pratiharas were instrumental in containing Arab armies moving east of the Indus River. Nagabhata I defeated the Arab army under Junaid and Tamin during the Caliphate campaigns in India. Under Nagabhata II, the Gurjara-Pratiharas became the most powerful dynasty in northern India. He was succeeded by his son Ramabhadra, who ruled briefly before being succeeded by his son, Mihira Bhoja. Under Bhoja and his successor Mahendrapala I, the Pratihara Empire reached its peak of prosperity and power. By the time of Mahendrapala, the extent of its territory rivalled that of the Gupta Empire stretching from the border of Sindh in the west to Bengal in the east and from the Himalayas in the north to areas past the Narmada in the south. The expansion triggered a tripartite power struggle with the Rashtrakuta and Pala empires for control of the Indian Subcontinent. 

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IT WAS BELIEVED THAT THE GURJARAS CAME TO INDIA WITH THE HUNS IN 5TH CENTURY. CE.THEY ESTABLISHED THEIR EMPIRE IN PUNJAB AND SOUTHERN RAJASTHAN.BY THE TIME HIEUN TSANG CAME TO INDIA IN 7TH CENTURY CE,THEY WERE CONSIDERED AS HINDUS AND OF INDIAN ORIGIN.AMONG THE VARIOUS GURJARAS CLANGS THE MOST POWERFUL WERE THE PRATIHARAS AND THE EMPIRE THEY ESTABLISHED CAME TO BE KNOWN AS GURJARA-PRATIHARA.SOME OF IMPORTANT RULERS OF THIS DYANASTY ARE NAGABHATTA-1, NAGABHATTA-2 AND BHOJA 1.
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