Q. Consider the following statements regarding “Rudradaman I”:
1.He belongs to Shaka kshtarapa rulers.
2.He undertook the repairs to improve the Sudarshan Lake from Chandragupta Maurya’s reign.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: C
Notes:

Explanation: The most famous of all the Shaka kshtarapa rulers, who ruled in the middle of second century CE.

  • His empire was spread over almost whole of western India which included Sindh, Gujarat, Konkan, Narmada Valley, Malwa and Kathiawar except the Nashik and Pune areas.
  • He is famous in history because of the repairs he undertook to improve the Sudarshan Lake from Chandragupta Maurya’s reign, located in the semi-arid zone of Kathiawar, and this task is described in the famous Junagarh or Girnar Inscription (dated in the Shaka year 72, i.e., 150– 151 CE).

Source: Tamil Nadu NCERT