What was the Symbol of the Pallavas?

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Updated on: November 9th, 2023

The Symbol of the Pallavas is a standing humped bull facing right with a crescent within the dotted and line boundaries. It features the Simha (a lion) and Nandi (a bull). It was convertible according to the ruler’s preferences. Their flags were yellow or saffron in color. The reverse of the Pallavas symbol depicts a Chakra wheel.

Symbol of the Pallavas

Each Pallava king had a flag depicting their philosophy. For example, Narasimhavarman II used the lion as his logo, and Nandivarman II favored the Nandi.

The coinage symbol of Pallavas was made of copper, lead, and point (base metal silver-like alloy). When the Pallavas accepted Shaivism, their bull symbol became associated with Lord Shiva. Apart from the bull, the coin features Swastika, an elephant, a flag, a twinship, and other symbols.

Components of Symbol of the Pallavas

The Pallavas symbol, which is a bull, consists of 3 types in reverse shapes:

  • The first type represents a conch shell
  • The second type describes a Swastik.
  • The third type shows a Chakra.

Members of the Pallava dynasty, who ruled southern India from the early fourth century to the late ninth century CE, began as native Satavahana subjects in the Deccan. They moved to Andhra and then to Kanchi (Kanchipuram in contemporary Tamil Nadu state, India), where they ascended to power.

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