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The south of India has seem many empires, however one of the most powerful to exist in that region was the Pallava dynasty. The Pallavas were great conquerors and patrons of art and architecture.
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Pallavas - Pallava Dynasty – Mocomi.com

  1. 1. UN F FOR ME! History for kids mocomi.com/learn/history/ Copyright © 2012 Mocomi & Anibrain Digital Technologies Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
  2. 2. The south of India has seem many empires, however one of the most powerful to exist in that region was the Pallava dynasty. The Pallava's were great conquerors and patrons of art and architecture. They ruled for nearly 500 years. UN F FOR ME! Copyright © 2012 Mocomi & Anibrain Digital Technologies Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
  3. 3. The Pallava's initially conquered the region of Thondaiman-dalam in Pallavapuri right on the coastline. Shortly thereaf-ter, a natural disaster occurred and the entire area was washed away by the sea. The Pallava's then moved to Kanchipuram and it was from there that they built their mighty empire which extended from northern Odisha to Tanjore and Trichi in the far south. UN F FOR ME! Copyright © 2012 Mocomi & Anibrain Digital Technologies Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
  4. 4. Skandavarman is believed to be the first Pallava ruler who ruled in the early part of the fourth century. Skandavar-man extended his territories from the Krishna river to Pennar in the southall the way across to Bellary in the west. After having performed the Ashvamedha and various Vedic rituals, he earned the title of "Supreme King of Kings devoted to Dharma". UN F FOR ME! Copyright © 2012 Mocomi & Anibrain Digital Technologies Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
  5. 5. The Pallava's were in a hurry and they began to rapidly expand their kingdom. They soon took over areas of north and south Arcot, Chengalpet and parts of Tanjore. During the period of 350 to 575, there were over 16 kings who ruled. King Sambashivu ruled from 560 to 580. He was a strong ruler who defeated the Cholas, Pandyas and Kalabhras which were the original rulers of the southern regions. Sambashivu was a Vaishnavite, a devotee of Lord Vishnu and his portrait is present in the Adi Varaha temple in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu. UN F FOR ME! Copyright © 2012 Mocomi & Anibrain Digital Technologies Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
  6. 6. Sambashivu was followed by his son, Mahendravarman who ruled from 600 to 630. Mahendravarman was a very learned person, a poet and a skilled musician. His instru-ment of choice was the veena. He was also a patron of the arts, music and architecture which flourished during his reign. The stunning cave temples of Mahabalipuram near Chennai were initiated by Mahendravarman. UN F FOR ME! Copyright © 2012 Mocomi & Anibrain Digital Technologies Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
  7. 7. It was during his reign that conflicts with the Chalukyas of Badami began which lasted for centuries. Pulakesi II, the Chalukya king heard of the riches in his neighboring king-dom and provoked Mahendravarman by attacking his empire. Pulakesi attacked Mahendravarmans army at Pul-lalar in the year 620. The Pallava's suffered a defeat which completely devastated Mahendravarman. His health suf-fered badly along with his mental well being as he was never at peace again. He did try and take revenge by taking on Pulakesi in multiple battles but success eluded him. He finally died, a broken king, in the year 630. UN F FOR ME! Copyright © 2012 Mocomi & Anibrain Digital Technologies Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
  8. 8. Narasimhavarman, Mahendravarman's brave and intelli-gent son, felt deeply humiliated and vowed to avenge his fathers death. He challenged Pulakesi II twice. One in Manimangalam and again in Pariyalam in 632. Both the times he defeated Pulakesi II and achieved what his father could not. Pulakesi II was pushed into a retreat and he agreed never to conquer lands towards the south. UN F FOR ME! Copyright © 2012 Mocomi & Anibrain Digital Technologies Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
  9. 9. With these victories, Narasimhavarman had taken control of Badami and continued to rule over it for thirteen years. With his powerful navy he also helped the King of Simhala (Sri Lanka) to get back his lost kingdom . UN F FOR ME! Copyright © 2012 Mocomi & Anibrain Digital Technologies Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
  10. 10. For more Educational articles and video for kids, visit: mocomi.com/learn/ Narasimhavarman during his reign completed the beauti-ful temples of Mahabalipuram. He also built a host of other temples like the Kailasantha temple at Kanchipuram and the Shore temple. The king who was a great wrestler had earned the title of 'Mamalla', which is why Mahabalipuram is also known as Mamallapuram. UN F FOR ME! Copyright © 2012 Mocomi & Anibrain Digital Technologies Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

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