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Chalukya Dynasty

Chalukyas came to power in the 6th century and ruled mainly over the Deccan region and there power occasionally extended to the north. Pulikesin I was the founder of the dynasty.

Chalukyas who ruled from Badami were the Early Chalukyas and they were in power in northern Karnataka from the 6th century until 757. From 609 to 642, Pulikesin II brought the area of present day Maharashtra under his rule and conquered nearly the whole of Deccan. The Early Chalukyas were overthrown by the Rastrakutas.

Chalukyas of Vengi, eastern Andhra Pradesh, are known as the Eastern Chalukyas and they ruled from 624 until the 11th century. They survived the fall of the Early Chalukyas.

The one who ruled from Kalyani, now in Karnataka, are referred as Later Chalukyas or Western Chalukyas, they rose and ruled from 972 to 1189. The history of Later Chalukyas was largely one of war with the Cholas and defense against the incursions of the Turks and Arabs who were plundering North India.

The rule of the Chalukyas ended in 1190.

Updated on 7th June, 2005

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