and poet from different parts of the country
  written by his court poets Jayanaka and Chanda (Chand Bardai)
The emergence of the Gahadvalas in Kanauj in the latter part of the 11th
century is so sudden that it is difficult to determine their origin. The well-
known theory of their connection with the dynasties of the Sun and the Moon
cannot be accepted as true, although traditions trace them back to an obscure
descendant of Yayati.
Early Rulers The Gahadvala dynasty was founded by Yasovigraha.
Yasovigraha’s son Mahichandra, also called Mahindra and Mahitala, was a
ruler of some consequence who ruled in some parts of Uttar Pradesh. His son,
Chandradeva, took hold of the opportunity afforded by the departure of
Mahmud from northern India and inflicted a crushing defeat upon the
Rashtrakuta ruler, Gopala, on the banks of the Yamuna. He conquered all the
territory from Allahabad to Banaras and made Banaras the second capital of
the Gahadvalas. He imposed a tax called turushkadanda possibly to defray
the expenses of war against Muslim invasions or to make annual payments to
the latter. He was succeeded by his son Madanachandra, also known as
Govindachandra He succeeded Madanachandra and was perhaps the
greatest king of the dynasty. More than forty inscriptions have come to light
which testify to the splendour of his reign. Taking advantage of the weakness
of the Pal a monarchy, he annexed portions of Magadha. Govindachandra
must have aggrandised himself at the cost of the Chedis. He also defeated the
Chandellas and wrested eastern Malwa from them.
    In fact, Govindachandra raised Kanauj to an unprecedented glory. His
neighbouring as well as distant potentates were afraid of his power and
showed due respect to him. His reign was marked by the literary activities of
his minister named Lakshmidhara who produced a number of works on law
and procedure, the most important of which is the Kritya Kalpataru or
Vijayachandra Govindachandra         was succeeded by his son, Vijayachandra.