The Pratihara kingdom was declined after the death of Mahendrapala. His successors were not able to keep the vast kingdom intact. The Gurjara-Pratiharas subsequently suffered several defeats in the early 10th century. The feudatory chiefs and provincial governors of the Gurjara-Pratiharas gradually started asserting independence, the empire disintegrated and was reduced to the area around Kanauj. The decline and authority of Pratiharas saw the division of Pratihara empire into the hands of Chalukyas (solankis)of Anhilwada, the Chandellas of Bundelkhand, Paramaras of Malwa, Chauhans of Sakambari, Gahawars of southern Rajputana.