(Last Updated on : 02/02/2009)
Govinda Chandra had left the work of administration since 1154 A.D. and after him, his son, Vijaya Chandra, who is also known as Malladeva or Vijayapala ascended the throne.
: At the time of his accession, Gazani dynasty was on the decline. One of the inscription states that this inscription indicates that Vijaya Chandra had certainly defeated some Muslim ruler although there is no inscription, which indicates that the ruler of Gazani had attacked Kannauj. It is possible that he might have fought against Amir Khusharo or his son Kusharo Malik because both these were the rulers of Lohare and were the contemporaries of Vijaya Chandra.
Attack of Senas of Bengal
: When Vijay Chandra was fighting against the Muslims in the west, Lakshman Sena the ruler of Gauda attacked the eastern portion of his empire. It is not known whether Lakshman Sena had himself returned or was defeated by Vijaya Chandra. However, two inscriptions indicate that Varanasi was certainly under the authority of Vijaya Chandra. It appears that Vijaya Chardra might have suffered a defeat from Lakshman Sena but later on he had re-conquered this area from Lakshman Sena as well.
War with Tomara dynasty
: While Vijaya Chandra was busy in solving the difficulties of east-west. Tomara king declared himself as independent ruler of Delhi. Vijay Chandra defeat the Tomara king at Delhi and incorporated his kingdom into Gahadvala Empire.
The decline of Delhi
: An inscription of Bizolia indicates that in 1170 A.D. Delhi province was under the control of king Someshvara of Chauhana dynasty. These inscriptions show that, kings of Chauhana dynasty had established their authority over defeating Tomara kings. An inscription of the Delhi museum and inscription of Palambolt are also testimony of this fact. The province of Delhi and Haryana severed the purpose of defense between the Muslims. The loss of Delhi province proved to be detrimental to the Gahadvala Empire. The Muslims took advantage of the weakness of the ruler of this region and during the time of the succession of Vijaya Chandra Muslims crushed both Delhi and Gahadvala Empire.
Conquest of south
: According to Tarachand inscription after conquering south-eastern areas Vijay Chandra had extended his empire and his frontiers to Sone river. Mahanayaka Pratap Dhavala was ruling over this region in 1169 A.D.
Vijaya Chandra was powerful ruler. In one of the inscriptions his son Jai Chandra has compared him with Trivikrama. Other inscriptions also indicate that like his ancestors, he was a very brave and learned person. Towards the end of his region he compensated the loss of Delhi with south-eastern conquests.