Natavati or Natavadi Chiefs

1104 AD - 1269 AD : Natavadi Chiefs
Capital : Madapalle / Madhira (Khammam district, Telangana), Nandigama (NTR district, AP)

Madapalle, Madhira (Khammam, Telangana) is part of Natavadi Vishaya and extended until Nidikonda, Raghunathpalle, Jangoan district at some time.

The Natavadi records are at Nidikonda, Tripurantakam, Draksharama and Simhachalam.

Beta Kshanipalaka
Inigurthi Inscription

Kakatiya Prola II (1116-1157 CE) married Muppmamba daughter of Natavadi King Muppa Bhopal

1104 AD - 1157 AD : Durga or Duggabhupa or Natavadi Duggaraja
Durga was the founder of the kingdom of the Natavadis and its first ruler. He issued records of him own. His earliest inscription is from Nidikonda in Raghunathpalle, Jangaon district dated in the cyclic year Tarana and the 29th year of C.V. era. Corresponding to December 24, 1104 A.D. Durga is mentioned as Dugga and Duggarasa in the record and as Duggabhupathi in the Inugurti record of his son Buddha. He bore the epithets—Mandalika and Nathavatidhatnnatha. 

1117 AD : Feudatory of Vikramaditya VI
The Nidikonda inscription definitely shows that Dugga was a subordinate of Vikramaditya VI of the Chalukyas of Kalyani, spoken of, as a greater warrior and conqueror of many fortresses, Durga must have served Tribhuvanamallavikramaditya VI in his wars faithfully and was bestowed with the rulership over Natavadivishaya with its capital at Madapalle. It has been said that “this (Nidikonda) inscription is the only definite evidence of the actual extent of the Western chalukya kingdom about this time. “Durgaraja’s loyalty to the Chalukyas might have continued throughout the reigns of Vikramaditya VI and Somesvara III till about AD. 1140 as the chalukyan power prevailed in Vengi up to that date.

In A.D. 1157 as seen from a record at Navepotavaram (Bezvada taluq) Prodamadevi made grants for the merit of her deceased husband—Durgaraja. This Durgaraja, was probably Natavadi Durga and consequently his reign lasted up to A.D. 1157.

1157 AD - 1201 AD : Buddharaja
Buddha was the son and successor of Durga and had a reign of forty-six years from A.D. 1157 to 1201 when he was succeeded by his second son Rudra, which suggests that his eldest son predeceased him. Buddha is known from the records of his successors. His only record is from Inugurti, removed from the wall in the old fort and now preserved in the local Vishnu temple, mentioning Betakshompalaka, Durgabhupati and Buddha kshompati.

Buddha acknowledged the supremacy of the Kakatiyas under Rudradeva which is attested by his Inugurti stone inscription mentioning Rudradeva and his general Sikhmayaka ruling over Natavadi simha.

The Kundavaram inscription says that Mahadeva married his daughter Kundamika to Rudradeva son of Buddha As for the date, the cyclic year Pramadi is given. This measure of alliance speaks for the political wisdom of Buddha and Mahadeva, for it eliminated any fear for the Natavadis from the Kakatiyas.

Buddha maintained amicable relations with Ganapati, the son and successor of Mahadeva. We may note that Natavadi Buddha cannot have had any relationship with Buddha, the author of Ranganatharamayana, for chronology is against it, as Gona Buddha lived fifty year after the Natavadi Buddha,

The Chagis claim lordship over Natavadivishaya, as is evidenced from their inscriptions. Buddha must have been on friendly terms with the Chagis, and the Kona kandravadis.

1201 AD - 1248 AD : Natavadi Rudra
Natavadi Rudra also known as Vakkadimalla Rudra , the son of Buddharaja

1201 AD : Natavadi prince , Vakkadimalla Rudra found in the Kanakadurga mantapa at the foot of the Indrakila hill and dated A.D. 1201 , indicates the presence of Natavadi troops and presumably also those of the Kakatiyas in the city at that time

The Kundavaram inscription says that Mahadeva married his daughter Kundamika to Rudradeva son of Buddha. Rudra’s earliest inscription is from Bezwada dated A.D. 1201 mentioning him as the brother-in-law (marundi) of Ganapati of the Kakatiyas. 

Rudra I was the greatest of the Natavadis. His prasasti is imperialistic and indicative of independent rule. His reign lasted for a period of forty seven years from A.D. 1201 to 1248 when he was succeeded by his son and successor Rudradeva II.

His next inscription also from Bezwada dated A.D. 1205 mentions him as Natavadi Rudra, and his father Budhaaraja. 

Rudra’s inscription from Tripurantakam dated A.D. 1209 is issued in the reign of Ganapati of the Kakatiyas. It mentions the king as Vakkadimalla Rudra the second son of Buddha and his queen as Melambika / Mailamba, the sister of Ganapati of the Kakatiyas. 

No doubt Vakkadimalla Rudra and Rudra I are identical. Rudra’s Amaravati record dated A D.1234 mentions Bayyalamahadevi, the queen of Kota Keta III and daughter of Natavadi Rudra. 

Rudra’s last inscription is from Tripurantakam dated A.D. 1242. Two inscriptions of the reign, one incomplete and the other undated from Tripurantakam and Nudurupadu respectively mention Vakkadimallarudra devamaharaja, queen Mailala mahadevi and Bayyaladevi Yammangaru and her daughter. A record at Mudunur mentions kma Rudra, lord of Nathavati, his queen Kundamba, daughter of Mahadeva of the Kakatiyas, their son king Mahadeva and his queen Mahadevi. Though no records of Rudra after A.D. 1242 are available, his reign may have extended up to A.D. 1248—the earliest date of his sons.

Natavadi Rudra had founded the Village Buddhapura after his name by clearing the forest and furnished it with a tank

1248 AD - 1269 AD - Rudradeva II

Natavadi Dorapanayaka was ruling in Bezawada