Why Did Pulakeshi Earn the Title Dakshinapatheshwara?

Immadi Pulakeshi was an Emperor from the Chalukya Dynasty. His capital was at Badami in Karnataka. In the same time period Emperor Harshavardhana ruled entire North India from Kannauj. He wanted to expand into the South by defeating Pulakeshi. However Pulakeshi was able to successfully defeat Harshavardhan in the battle on the banks of river Narmada, thus earning him the title Dakshinapatheshwara or the Lord of the South.

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When Did Pulakeshi Defeat Harshavardhana?

Pulakeshi defeated Harshavardhana in the year 618 A.D. Researchers from Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute claim to have fixed the date by decoding the copper plate. The battle occurred between 612 AD and 634 AD, as per the new discovery the victory of Pulikeshi might have taken place exactly in the winter of 618-19 AD.

Who Defeated Pulakeshin II of the Chalukya Dynasty?

The famous Emperor Pulakeshin II of Chalukya Dynasty was defeated by Narasimhavarman I of Pallava Dynasty. Vikramaditya I recaptured Vatapi from Pallavas and restored the Chalukya power. The other titles of Pulakeshin II were Bhattarka and Maharajadhiraja (translated into English as King of Great Kings). 

Who was the Father of Pulakeshin II?

Krittivarman I was the father of Pulakeshin II. He was the ruler of Chalukya Dynasty of Vatapi (Badami), in Karnataka. Krittivarman I was the son of Pulakeshin I. Krittivarman I ruled parts of present day Karnataka, Maharashtra, Goa and Andhra Pradesh.

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