collected the cess and gave the collections to a deputation from Kanyakubja; then he
waylaid them and secured the money which he used for consolidating his power.
The Brahmanical version says that when the boy grew up, he organised
a band of bandits and when the revenue collectors of Bhubhata, the king of Kanauj, were
proceeding to Kanauj with the collections, he fell upon them and robbed them of the
The king of Kanauj and Bhubhata both refer to emperor
Mihira Bhoja of Kanauj. Vanaraja is stated by the Prabandhas to have founded Anahilavada
after a shepherd of the name of Anahila, who had pointed out to him a spot where a hare
had chased a dog, a familiar legend about the foundation of many cities.