Satavahanas. Several epigraphic references
they first preached peace in return for the rich grants they received, and the
second provided the necessary resources for the expenditure of the state.
Military Character of Satavahana Rule Not the least striking feature of
the Satavahana rule was its coercive, military character. It seems that cavalry
had an important place in the Satavahana military organisation. The
importance of the coercive element can be inferred from the importance
attached to freedom from visits of the police and soldiers to the countryside
and from the names of such administrative functionaries as mahasenapati and
gaulmika. The military character of the Satavahana rule is also evident from
their common use of such terms as kataka and skandhavara, meaning
military camps. It seems that every ahara had its kataka; the situation of
Benakataka in Govardhanaahara is an example, although Dhenukakataka or
Dhanyakataka may have held a similar position in another ahara. The
Satavahanas originated the practice of issuing land charters from victory
camps, which became widespread in early medieval times.
Importance of Satavahana Polity Being a Link The presence of Asokan
elements in the Satavahana polity caused some to view it as an example of
secondary state formation. But the megalithic material legacy, contact with
the Tamil states of the Cholas, Cheras and Pandyas, and the stimulus from the
Roman trade should not be ignored. The Maurya model may have inspired
the Satavahana state builders, but it should not be regarded as a new version
of the Maurya state. The Satavahana system of administration appears to be a
significant link between the Mauryas and Guptas, and between the North and
the South. The Satavahanas preserved a few elements of the Mauryan
administration, but they introduced several new features which were
continued by the Vakatakas and Guptas. The role played by women and
merchants in their government did not last long, but the practice of placing
rural districts under military rule and granting fiscal and administrative
immunities spread both northward and southward. In this sense, the Pallava
administration was the southward extension of the Satavahana polity.
Impact of Expanding Economy on Polity
Epigraphic Evidence of Religious Patronage by Artisans and
Merchants It is reasonable to      look for the effects of the flourishing crafts