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Gurjars, Rajputs stake claim to Mihir Bhoj

  • Integrity Education, Delhi
  • 30, Sep 2021
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  • The issue surfaced days before CM Yogi Adityanath unveiled a 12foot high statute of Mihir Bhoj in Dadri town of Gautam Buddh Nagar in a college named after the ruler
  • The plaque referred to the ruler as Gurjar Pratihar Samrat
  • While Gurjars claim the king belonged to their caste, the Rajputs say ‘Gurjara’ referred to a place, not a caste, and that Mihir Bhoj was a Rajput king.

Who was Samrat Mihir Bhoj ?

  • Mihira Bhoja (c. 836–885 CE) or Bhoja I was a king belonging to the Gurjara-Pratihara Dynasty. He succeeded his father Ramabhadra.
  • Bhoja was a devotee of Vishnu and adopted the title of Ādivarāha which is inscribed on some of his coins.
  • During his reign, the capital was in Kannauj (present-day Uttar Pradesh), during his period Kannauj was referred as Panchala.
  • Teli ka Mandir (inside Gwalior Fort) is a Hindu Temple built by Mihira Bhoja. Temple is dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Matrikas.
  • He was succeeded by his son Mahendrapala I (c.836 - 910 CE).