Western Chalukya society

Western Chalukya Society

Western Chalukya society

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The Western Chalukyas (Kannada:ಪಶ್ಚಿಮ ಚಾಲುಕ್ಯರು) were a prominent South Indian dynasty who ruled most of western Deccan India during the 10th century - 12th century. They are also known as Kalyani Chalukya after their capital at Kalyani, known today as Basavakalyan in Karnataka state. Later Chalukya is another commonly used name for this empire from the popular theory that they were related to the 6th century Chalukya dynasty of Badami.

Chalukya society

The rise of Veerashaivaism was revolutionary and challenged the prevailing Hindu caste system which nonetheless retained regal patronage. The role of women in society was varied and largely depended on their economic status and level of education in a period that may generally be considered liberal. This freedom was, however, more easily available to women in royal and affluent urban families. Records describe the participation of women in the fine arts, such as Chalukya queen Chandala Devi and Kalachuri queen Sovala Devi's skill in dance and music, compositions of thirty Vachana poets including the 12th century Virashaiva mystic Akka Mahadevi whose devotion to the bhakti movement is well known.She was not only a pioneer in the era of Women's emancipation but also an example of a transcendental world-view, Romila Thapar, The Penguin History of Early India, From Origin to 1300 AD, 2003, Penguin, p392

Contemporary records indicate some royal women...
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