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a king of renown; the Chandella country ruled was known as Jejakabhukti after him. Jayasakti was succeeded by his younger brother Vijayasakti, whose successor was his son Rahila. Yasovarman Rahila was succeeded by his son, Yasovarman, also known as Lakshavarman. The decline of the Pratihara power made Yasovarman free to defy the former and to launch the Chandellas to aggressive militarism. The Khajuraho Inscription describes with obvious exaggeration the extensive conquests made by Yasovarman. Though an element of doubt attaches to the achievements of Yasovarman, there is no doubt that he made extensive conquests in north India and made the Chandellas a formidable power. He built a magnificent temple at Khajuraho, identified with the Chaturbhuja temple, in which he installed the image of Vishnu. Dhanga Yasovarman was succeeded by his son, Dhanga (954–1002), the most famous ruler of the dynasty. He inherited a large territory from his father. Dhanga assumed the title of maharajadhi- raja and raised the Chandella power to its highest. By the strength of his arms, he succeeded in extending the northern boundary of the Chandella kingdom up to the bank of the Ganga. The extant buildings at Khajuraho bear witness to the artistic activities of the reign of Dhanga. The magnificent temple of Visvanatha built by him is one of the most well-preserved and lavishly ornamented temples at Khajuraho. The temples of Jinanatha and Vaidyanatha were also built during the reign of Dhanga. Weak Successors of Dhanga Dhanga was succeeded by his son Ganda who was succeeded by his son Vidyadhara. Sultan Mahmud twice invaded his kingdom in 1019 and 1022. Instead of meeting the enemy in the open field, Vidyadhara seems to have adopted the scorched earth policy and shut himself up in Kalinjar fort. The fort was besieged and the seize dragged on for a considerable time till Vidyadhara sued for peace. The death of Vidyadhara witnessed the temporary eclipse of the Chandella power under rulers like Vijayapala, Devavarman, Kirttivarman, Sallakshavarman, Jayavarman, Prithvivarman and Madanavarman.