Among the kingdoms of India worthy of study are the Chalukyas.

They are said to have originated from a community of farmers.

Their capital, Badami, today a historical heritage site, was said to be one of the grandest cities of its time.

Pulakeshi II

The most famous ruler of the Chalukya dynasty was Pulakeshi II (610 – 642 CE), known as Immadi Pulakeshi in Kannada. He expanded the influence of the Chalukya dynasty over the Deccan region of India.

He expanded the kingdom greatly and spent most of his life on the battlefield. We learn about his achievements from stone inscriptions carried out mainly by his brother.

He entertained envoys from China and Sassanian Persia.

He was the first south Indian ruler to issue gold coins.