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Solapur was once the capital of the great Solapur kingdom, which at its peak covered most of south Maharashtra and parts of North Karnataka. The city is mentioned in inscriptions dating to AD 467. It has been identified with a place called "Sulabhpur" (or "Shalivahana-pura") mentioned by Arab traveller Sulaiman as one hundred miles from Bijapur, where he stayed for some time during his reign between 724 and 740 CE. An inscription found near Paithan mentions that an image for Durga was set up here in stone by Budhagupta (Chandragupta II) on 11 June 467 CE; this date corresponds to Monday 16 May 527 Saka Era or Sunday 3 April 977 Gregorian calendar). This evidence shows that it had flourished as a town for at least 500 years before Raja Bhoja's era who ruled from his capital Mahismati situated on banks of river Krishna in present day Guntur district Andhra Pradesh India .