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Nattal Sahu

Nattal Sahu (नट्टल साहु) of Yoginipur (now Mehrauli, Delhi) is the earliest known Agrawal merchant-prince, who lived during the reign Tomara king, Anangapal. His life's account is described in Apabhramsha text Pasanah Chariu (Parshvanath Charitra) of poet Vibudh Shridhar, written in Samvat 1189 (1132 AD) .

Nattal's father was Sahu Joja. He had two older brothers Raghav and Sodhal.

Nattal was the chief of the Jains of Delhi. He controlled a commercial empire spread through Anga, Vanga (bengal), Kalinga, Karnataka, Nepal, Bhot (Tibet), Panchal, Chedi, Gauda, Thakka (punjab), Kerala, Marahatta (Maharashtra), Bhadanaka (Bayana), Magadh, Gurjar, Sorath (Saurashtra)and Haryana. He was also a minister in the court of Tomar Anangapala.

Poet Vibudh Shridhar, who was also an Agrawal, had migrated from Haryana to Delhi. Nattala, as a patron, urged him to write the Pasanaha Chariu. Shridhara finished the composition in sam. 1189, and thus became the first known Agrawal author. He describes his patron thus:

सिरि अयरवाल कुल कमल मित्तु,
सुधम्म कम्म पवियण्य-वित्तु

siri ayaravaala kula kamala mittu,

sudhamma kamma paviyaNya-vittu

Nattala Sahu had built a beautiful temple of Lord Adinath. He had the idol installed with an elaborate ceremony:

जैनं चैत्यमकारि सुन्दरतरं जैनीं प्रतिष्ठां तथा|
स श्रीमान्विदितः सदैव जयतात्पृथ्वीतले नट्टलः||

jainaM chaityamakaari sundarataraM jainii.n pratishhThaa.n tathaa|
sa shreemaanviditaH sadaiv jayataatpR^ithviitale naTTalaH||

It is believed that fragements of this temple were used for the Kuvvat-ul-Islam mosque near Qutub Minar.

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