Capital of Chalukya
The Chalukya era represents a significant turning point in South Indian history and a heyday for Karnataka. With the rise of the Badami Chalukyas, the political landscape in South India changed from smaller kingdoms to substantial empires. Between the Kaveri and the Narmada rivers, the entire area came under the rule of a kingdom based in Southern India.
It lasted from 543A.D. to 755 A.D. Pulakesin I was the founder of the Chalukya dynasty. He established a small kingdom with Vatapi or Badami as its capital.
- The Western Chalukyas ruled over an extensive area in the Deccan for about two centuries after which the Rashtrakutas became powerful.
- The family of Western Chalukyas had its offshoots like the Eastern Chalukyas of Vengi and the Chalukyas of Kalyani.
- Kirtivarman II was the last of the rulers of the Chalukyas.
- He was defeated by Dantidurga, the founder of the Rashtrakuta dynasty.
- It is famous for its rock-cut monuments such as the Badami cave temples, Jambulingesvara temple, Bhutanatha temples and Badami Shivalaya.
- Also, this city has been selected as one of the heritage cities for the Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) scheme of the Government of India. Badami was founded by Pulakeshin I in CE 540.
_______ was the capital of Chalukyas.
Chalukya's capital was Aihole. The birthplace of Indian architecture is thought to be Aihole in the Indian state of Karnataka. This region, which served as the first capital of the Chalukyas, has seen the construction of a large number of temples since the sixth century CE. Badami became the new capital under Pulkeshin I in 543.