first name of the peninsula after Kushavrata, was Suratha, Saurashtra being a Sanskritised
form like Maharashtr and Rashtrakuta. The original name Ratha or Redda is
likely to have a close connection with the word 'shur-rudd' of the Assyrians and may
indicate the Rathiks of the Ashokan inscription. The name survives in the Reddis of
Telangana and the Rathods of the North.
therefore, assume that in very early times, the shores of Saurashtra were studded with
places where maritime races lived or came to trade; and Prabhasa, as an ancient port, was
a centre of international contact.