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'Pallavas and Karnataka' by Dr S. Srikanta Sastri (1968)



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                    PALLAVAS AND KARNATAKA                                                              



                                         Dr S. Srikanta Sastri

                                        (Published in 'Karnataka through the ages', 1968)



The Pallavas, probably of foreign origin, are supposed to have been affiliated to the Pahlavas or Saka Parthians. During the rule of the Satavahanas the Saka-Kshatrapas penetrated into the Deccan region along the west coast of India.


The Hirehadagalli, Maidavolu, and other early Prakrit grants place the Pallavas in Satahanihara, or Satavahana Rashtra (Bellary and Dharwar Districts of Karnataka). Their alliance with the Chutus and Nagas of Banavasi enabled them to expand eastwards. Chutu Pallava is said to be the ancestor of Veera Kurcha. Even as early as the time of Kadamba Mayurasarman, the Pallavas were the overlords of the country from Préhara or Malapahari to the western ocean. This territory was handed over by them to Mayurasarman according to the Talagunda inscription. Hence the Pallavas were originally in the Karnataka country and by capturing the Ghatika of Kanchi migrated to the east and north into the Andhra country round Sreeparvata (Nagarjunakonda).


The Pallavas of the Prakrit charters were constantly interfering in the dynastic quarrels of the Kadambas and Gangas. Kadamba Mayurasarman is said to have been crowned by the Pallavas who preferred to make peace with him by giving him the overlordship of the western territory. The Chandravalli inscription mentions Mayurasarman’s victory over the Pallavas or Pallavapuri (Kanchi). Kadamba Raghu fought with the Pallavas. Kakusthavarman is said to have fought with the Kalabhras. The Pallavas of the Sanskrit charters succeeded after a Kalabhra interregnum. Probably, Kakusthavarman helped Simha-vishnu of Kanchi to gain the throne.

'Pallavas and Karnataka'



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'Pallavas and Karnataka' by Dr S. Srikanta Sastri (1968) Pallava Bronze Sculpture Talagunda Pillar Inscription