Origin of Pallava

Origin Of Pallava

Origin of Pallava

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The Pallava were a South Indian dynasty who ruled the Northern Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh with their capital at Kanchipuram for a period of about six hundred years from the early 4th century CE until the end of the 9th century. The Pallava Kings were originally vassals of Satavahana rulers ruling Palnadu / Pallavanadu in Guntur district of Andhra and became independent after the demise of Satavahana empire.

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Tamil ancestry

The word Pallava means "branch or twig" in Sanskrit and "a province of" or "a shared" (in general) and "raining (bliss), famous, bards, rock-men (hill tribe), embossed, peacock feather" (variant meanings) in archaic Tamil. The word is rendered as Tondaiyar in Tamil language meaning "in continuum". The Pallava kings at several places are called Thondaimans or Thondaiyarkon. One view is that in archaic Tamil Pallavar denotes "donors of (Jain) cave assemblies/niches-palli". The territory of the Pallavas was known as Tundaka Visaya or Tundaka Rashtra in contemporary North Indian texts. The Chola king Karikala Chola annexed the region now referred to as Tondaimandalam after overthrowing the Kurumbar/Kuruba sovereignty<ref name="Religion and Public Culture: encounters and identities in modern South Indi by John Jeya Paul, Keith Edward...
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