Lichhavi King

Introduction to Vijayadeva

Vijayadeva was undoubtedly an important figure in the early years of Nepal’s history, but the lack of information about his reign raises some questions. He ruled from anywhere between 733 A.D. to 750 A.D. He was the Son of King Jayadeva Second who is well known for his various reforms and activities in Nepal.

Reign of Vijayadeva

From the Inscriptions dating back to the 8th century, it is clear that Vijayadeva was the son of King Jayadeva Second. His name appears as “Bhattarak Srivijayadeva” and “Yuvaraja Sri” in various Inscriptions.

He would have represented the king in diplomatic relations with other kingdoms as an ambassador. At the same time, as a messenger, he would have carried important messages from the king to his subjects.

Despite his significant role during his time, there are doubts about the reign of Jayadeva Second, his predecessor. The lack of Inscriptions detailing his reign has raised questions about his legitimacy as a king.

However, the fact that Vijayadeva was mentioned as an ambassador and messenger under Jayadeva Second’s reign suggests that he was a legitimate ruler.

After and During the Reign of Vijayadeva, the transition Period of Nepali History began. It lasted from 733 A.D. to 879 A.D.


In conclusion, Vijayadeva was indeed a legitimate ruler. He has been noted as the Son of King Jayadeva’s Second son. This King is famous for his Lichhavi Chronology of Kings in an Inscription of Pashupatinath. Vijayadeva’s unimportant role in Nepal’s history should be overlooked.


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