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A congregation of my knowledge regarding

the

Satavahanas
The subject of research is truly something whose origin itself is shrouded in mystery. The filaments of
the roots of the Satavahanas have stretched so far, and in so distinct and faraway points in the
Dakshinapatha that a novice in its study might be so frustrated that he might begin to think that
somehow the illustrious rulers had mastered the ability of omnipresence, and thus simultaneously
existed at two or three quite far-flung areas! So many theories, surmises, and conjectures have sprouted
up upon this topic alone… that it’s quite a conundrum to ascertain firmly whether the regal Satavahana
progeny unfolded from the Aryan-conquered valleys of the Godavari basin, near Nashik, or from the
Dravidian hills of the Andhra, or someplace else at all.
This debate can be better illustrated by the following conversation that may transpire between two
hypothetical human manifestations of the two theories; one in favour of the Godavari Basin (G) and
other of the Andhra region(A).

A: I have the most obvious reasons to prove that the rulers of the Satavahana dynasty
surely and solely emerged from the heaths of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Of
course, this is because it is the puranic records that call them Andhras and Andhra-
Bhrityas. I reckon that this reason alone should once and for all suffice for the
completion of the debate that raged all through the decades.

G: Yes, it should, except for the fact that the Puranas were compiled long after the
epoch of the Satavahanas, i.e. during the age of the Guptas, and also has several
misinterpretations and misspellings, besides the fantastic exaggerations that reside in
its verses. It may be possible that the term ‘Andhra’ then didn’t relate to a territorial
entity as it does today, but maybe rather a tribal one. Or alternatively, the compiler
may have confused the prolonged and fruitful presence of the rulers in the region with
their birthplace. Moreover, none of the inscriptions, coins or the records actually
contain the word Andhra within them... Quite bizarre if one fails to mention the very
beautiful name of their original homeland in their annals…

A: I believe that they did fail in those respects actually…as neither do they mention
the Godavari Basin as the soils where there their roots proliferated…

G: Yes, and consequently this is the very reason why this conversation is taking place
between us. However, I feel that we’d better fall back to our topic of interest before
this benign query snowballs into yet another maelstrom, and lead to even a greater
outrage.

A: Hum! Anyways, do you forget that a few caves in Kottingala, Telangana that bear
the etchings “RANO SIRI CHIMUKA SATAVAHANASA”, also where a few coins related
to the first king of the Satavahanas, Simuka, were found. Even the historian P. V. P
Sastry recognizes this certain ‘Chimuka’ with, you guessed it, Simuka, and—

G: --and later changed his opinion regarding it, and “confessed” him to be different
and quite distinct from Simuka... And for your information, the oldest known
inscriptions in the Satavahana rule are found not in the Andhra region, but near Nasik,
at Pandavaleni. For that matter, Roman coins were also found in the southern ports
of India. Does that mean that the speakers of the Latin tongue exercised control over
this affluent region? Highly improbable, I believe! Your very defence is hollow, A, and
I can say the very same regarding your meek offence!
Well, their debate is such that cannot be reined in by limits, and so, I do not wish to project the entire
episode of what revealed itself in the future after our resignation. As for sides, I myself, if it wasn’t
evident from my somehow ‘prejudiced’ depiction of the preceding episodes, chose to be behind side
‘G’, as my innate feelings simply do not comply with the other conjecture. My feelings must not be
taken as arbitrary, however, as I shall try to, as my finite knowledge allows it hopefully, justify my
thinking and my own indigenous and of course, rubbish surmises.