(c. 1050–c. 1250) One of the many ruling families of North India on the eve of the 12th–13th century Muslim conquests. Its history illustrates all the features of the early medieval North Indian politydynastic hostilities and alliances, feudal-state structure, absolute dependence on Brahmanical social ideology, and vulnerability in the face of external aggression. Muslim expansion eclipsed the Gahadavala dynasty in the early 13th century.
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