extensive work on omens and portents and the second on astronomy.
Lakshmanasena He succeeded his father in AD 1179 at an advanced age of
sixty. Towards the close of his reign, Lakshmanasena was beset with a sea of
troubles. While the Sena power was weakened by internal rebellions, the
invasion of Bakhtiyar Khalji gave it a crushing blow. A detailed account of
the invasion of Bakhtiyar Khalji has been given in Tabakat-i-Nasiri.
                   PATRONAGE OF LITERATURE
  The reign of Lakshmanasena was remarkable for patronising considerable
  literary activity. He was a devout Vaishnava. Jayadeva, the famous
  Vaishnava poet of Bengal and author of the Gita Govinda, lived at his
  court. Other celebrated poets who graced his court included Dhoyi, the
  author of the Pavanaduta and Govardhana, the author of the Arya-
  saptasati.
     Lakshmanasena himself completed the work Adbhutasagara begun by his
father. According to Tabakat-i-Nasiri, the descendants of Lakshmanasena
ruled parts of Bengal for some more time.
Rashtrakutas
Origin
The term Rashtrakuta denotes officers in charge of territorial divisions called
rashtras. In the Deccan charters of the 7th and 8th centuries AD, Rashtrakutas
were exhorted not to disturb the peaceful enjoyment of the land grants. The
Rashtrakutas originally belonged to Lattalura, modern Latur of Maharashtra.
They were of Kannada origin and Kannada was their mother tongue.
Dantidurga He began his career as a feudatory of the Chalukyas. He laid
the foundations of a lasting empire. The victorious career of Dantidurga is
known from the two records of his reign—the Samangad Plates and the
Dasavatara Cave Inscription of Ellora. Dantidurga’s plan of expansion was
directed towards the east and west without disturbing Karnataka, the
stronghold of Chalukya power. He invaded Malwa, which was under the rule