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The rock-cut temples at Mamallapuram. construction of these started in the reign of Mahendravarman I
The rock-cut temples at Mamallapuram. construction of these started in the reign of Mahendravarman I

Mahendravarman I (600 - 630 CE) was the Pallava king ruling in the northern regions of Tamil nadu state in India. He was the son of Simhavishnu, who defeated the Kalabhras and re-established the Pallava kingdom. During his reign the Chalukya king Pulakesi II attacked the Pallava kingdom. The Pallava capita Kanchipuram was under siege and the Pallava army was defeated. Shore Temple, rescued from the sea Mahabalipuram (after the demon king Mahabali) or Mamallapuram (after the Pallava king Mamalla) is a 7th century port city of the South Indian dynasty of the Pallavas around 60 km south from the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu. ... Pallava, were a South Indian dynasty who established their capital at Kanchipuram in the 4th cent. ... Tamil Nadu (தமிழ் நாடு, Land of the Tamils) is a state at the southern tip of India. ... Simhavishnu portait along with his queens found in Adivaraha mandapam in Mahabalipuram. ... Kalabhras were the South Indian dynasty who between the 3rd and the 6th century C.E. ruled over entire Tamil country, displacing the ancient Chola, Pandya and Chera dynasties. ... The Chalukya Dynasty was a powerful Indian royal dynasty that ruled large parts of southern and central India between the 6th and the 12th century C.E. They began to assert their independence at the decline of the Satavahana empire and rapidly rose to prominence during the reign of Pulakesi... PULAKESI II (C.610-642 A.D.): Pulakesi II ascended the throne in C.610 A. D., and he has been rightly regarded as the ablest monarch in the Chalukyan line. ... Kanchipuram temple, engraved in 1811. ...

Mahendravarman was a great patron or letters and architecture. The construction of the famous rock-cut temples of Mahabalipuram were started in his reign. He was also the author of the play Mattavilasaprahasana, a farce concerning Buddhist and Saiva ascetics. Mahendravarman was an adherent of the Jain faith and according to tradition he was converted back into the Hindu faith by the Saiva saint Appar after he cured Mahendravarman's illness. Mahabalipuram (also known as Mamallapuram) is a 7th century port city of the South Indian dynasty of the Pallavas around 60 km south from the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu. ... A replica of an ancient statue found among the ruins of a temple at Sarnath Buddhism is a philosophy based on the teachings of the Buddha, Siddhārtha Gautama, a prince of the Shakyas, whose lifetime is traditionally given as 566 to 486 BCE. It had subsequently been accepted by... Saivite: of Saivism; belonging to Saivism, the Hindu denomination that worships God Siva as the Supreme God. ... JAIN is an activity within the Java Community Process, developing APIs for the creation of telephony (voice and data) services. ...

Mahendravarman was succeeded to the throne by his more famous son Narasimhavarman I in 630 CE. Narasimhavarman I was one of the most famous Pallava kings who ruled from A.D. 630 - 668. ...


  • Nilakanta Sastri, K.A. (2000). A History of South India. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.
  • Prasad, Durga (1988). History of the Andhras up to 1565 A. D.. Guntur, India: P. G. Publishers.

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A monumental effort (2146 words)
Mahendravarman I, who was a soldier, a playwright, a great builder, a poet and a musician, was the son of Simhavishnu, the founder of the Pallava dynasty.
The monuments at Mamallapuram are generally ascribed to four Pallava rulers: Mahendravarman I, Narasimhavarman I, Paramesvaravarman I and Narasimhavarman II.
He was the son of Mahendravarman I. The monuments can be grouped under four categories: rock-cut caves, monolithic structures, open air bas-reliefs and structural temples.
The Hindu : Book Review : Coins of the Pallavas (786 words)
The coin with the symbols of bull on the obverse and the tiger, fish and the bow on the reverse is taken to be a commemorative one, indicating the conquest of the Chola, Pandya and the Chera dynasties, a coin of Mahendravarman I (580-610 A.D.) with his title Sri Vampu.
In his account of the coins of successive rulers (section VI) the author describes and classifies the symbols of different periods, makes clear attributions, while constantly emphasising the problems of identification and attribution.
The Sanskrit titles of Mahendravarman like Mahamegha and Lalitankura are known also from the cave inscriptions of the same king.
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