23 Facts About Badami Chalukyas


The earliest dynasty, known as the "Badami Chalukyas", ruled from Vatapi from the middle of the 6th century.

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The Badami Chalukyas took control of the territory formerly ruled by the Kadambas.

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The reign of the Badami Chalukyas saw the arrival of Kannada as the predominant language of inscriptions along with Sanskrit, in areas of the Indian peninsula outside what is known as Tamilakam.

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Badami Chalukyas ruled over the Deccan plateau in India for over 600 years.

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Badami Chalukyas is considered one of the notable kings in Indian history.

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Badami Chalukyas's queens were princess from the Alupa Dynasty of South Canara and the Western Ganga Dynasty of Talakad, clans with whom the Chalukyas maintained close family and marital relationships.

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Badami Chalukyas then defeated the Vishnukundins in the south-eastern Deccan.

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Badami Chalukyas thus avenged the earlier humiliation of the Chalukyas by the Pallavas and engraved a Kannada inscription on the victory pillar at the Kailasanatha Temple.

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At their peak, the Badami Chalukyas ruled a vast empire stretching from the Kaveri in the south to the Narmada in the north.

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Badami Chalukyas revived their fortunes in 973 after over 200 years of dormancy when much of the Deccan was under the rule of the Rashtrakutas.

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The Western Badami Chalukyas ruled for over 200 years and were in constant conflict with the Cholas, and with their cousins, the Eastern Badami Chalukyas of Vengi.

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Under his leadership the Western Badami Chalukyas were able to end the Chola influence over Vengi and become the dominant power in the Deccan.

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Badami Chalukyas appointed his brother Kubja Vishnuvardhana as Viceroy in 621.

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For much of the next two centuries, the Eastern Badami Chalukyas had to accept subordination towards the Rashtrakutas.

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The Western Badami Chalukyas sought to brook the growing Chola influence in the Vengi region but were unsuccessful.

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Badami Chalukyas Chalukya era was an important period in the development of South Indian architecture.

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Reign of Western Badami Chalukyas was an important period in the development of Deccan architecture.

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The Eastern Badami Chalukyas built some fine temples at Alampur, in modern eastern Andhra Pradesh.

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Rule of the Western and Eastern Badami Chalukyas is a major event in the history of Kannada and Telugu literatures respectively.

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Groups of mahajanas looked after agraharas such as at Badami Chalukyas which was served by 2000 mahajans and Aihole which was served by 500 mahajanas.

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Badami Chalukyas minted coins that were of a different standard compared to the coins of the northern kingdoms.

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The Badami Chalukyas kings were followers of Vedic Hinduism and dedicated temples to popular Hindu deities in Aihole.

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The Badami Chalukyas spawned the Vesara style of architecture which includes elements of the northern nagara and southern dravida styles.

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