to the legend, Jayashekhara, before his death, sent away his wife Rupasundari in the
charge of his brother Surapala, who turned into an outlaw. In the forest the queen was
delivered of a son. He was named Vanaraja. Bhuyada, identified with Mihira Bhoja, grew
fond of Gujarat but was induced to return to his capital under pressure from his
There is a close similarity between the
Jain version and the Brahmanical version as to how Vanaraja acquired power. The Jain
version is that a king of Kanyakubja married the daughter of a king of Gujarat. Vana raja
was appointed to collect from Gujarat the marriage cess, which the king had given to his
daughter by way of dowry.
6 SJG. 12.