Introduction to King Lakshmikamadeva

King Lakshmikamadeva was the King of Nepal from 1015 A.D. to 1041 A.D. for 26 years with Dual Reign in the Beginning. He is famous for Bringing Peace to Nepal after a large conflict and struggle.

Although the peace was temporary, it was a significant effort for the Dark Ages in Nepal.

Reign of Lakshmikamadeva

The life and Personality of the Kings of the Dark Ages are scarcely known. He is said to have been the relative of King Rudradeva and Udayadeva. He was the Third Ruler of Nepal in the Inscription found in 1015 A.D.

He ruled as an inferior King to Rudradeva and Bhojadeva till 1024 A.D. after which he established his sole reign in Nepal.

King Lakshmikamadeva
Gopal Raja Bansawali

Gopal Raja Bansawali has stated that he ruled Nepal for 21 Years and that he established peace in Nepal in Nepal Sambat 200 which is roughly 1079 A.D. which seems quite inaccurate.

Cecil Bendall, on the Other hand, stated that King Lakshmikamadeva ruled in various capacities and positions for 34 Whole Years. Anyways, his reign ended for sure after 1041 A.D. by either Jayadeva or Bhaskaradeva.

His reign ended after Jayadeva, who was a junior ruler of Lakshmikamadeva deposed him and removed him from Power by 1041 A.D. Petech speculates that Bhasakaradeva took over Nepal after the removal of Lakshmikamadeva.

Contribution of King Lakshmikamadeva

Although the certainty of the Contribution of King Lakshmikamadeva isn’t guaranteed, it has been stated in the Gopal Raja Bansawali that he brought peace to Nepal. As Sylvain Levi had stated, various towns emerged in Nepal after the Nepal Sambat, therefore, conflict and wars began in Nepal.

His wasn’t as significant as that of Gunakamadeva. Rishikesh Shah states that the conflict ended for a temporary period as a great War occurred in Bhaktapur in 1039 A.D.

Conclusion

An Inherent state of Instability was haunting the Monarchy of Kathmandu Valley during the Dark Ages of Nepal. Even the Tirhut Kingdom and Khas Malla Kingdom were on the verge of rising and dominated Nepali Geography for hundreds of years.

Therefore, his reign is important in explaining the instability of Pre-Medieval Nepal.

References

  • Regmi, D. R. (1965). Medieval Nepal: Early medieval period, 750-1350 A.D. India: Firma K.L. Mukhopadhyay.
  • Shaha, R. (2001). Ancient and Medieval Nepal. India: Manohar.
  • Vajracharya, Dhanavajra, and Kamal P. Malla. “The Gopalraja Vamsavali” Nepal Research Centre Publications, 1985
  • Levi Sylvain: Le Nepal, Etuda Historique d’um royaume Izindou, 3 volumes, Paris, 1905
  • Kirkpatrick: An Account of the Kingdom of Nepaul, London, 1811.

Citation

Pokhrel, A. (2023). King Lakshmikamadeva – Itihasaa. Encyclopedia of Nepali History. https://itihasaa.com/dark-ages-kings/lakshmikamadeva/