Shalivahana is credited with the initiation of the era known as Shalivahana Shakato
celebrate his victory against Vikramaditya of Ujjayini in the year 78 A.D. The
Vikrama Charita, a Sanskrit classic, composed in the eleventh century supports this view.
But apart from this work and some popular legends, there is no concrete evidence to
support this theory. However, history does record that Gautami Putra Shatakarni, of
the Shatavahana dynasty defeated the powerful Nahapana, the Satrap king. The folklore of
Maharashtra identifies Gautamiputra Shatakarni of the Shatavahana dynasty with
Shalivahana. It is interesting to note that etymologically Shatavahana is derived from
Shatavahana which in turn is derived from Shalivahana.
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