Pulakeshin, aka: Pulakeśin; 2 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Pulakeśin can be transliterated into English as Pulakesin or Pulakeshin, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

India history and geogprahy

King Pulakeśin II (610–642 CE) of the Chalukya conquered Vengi from the Vishnukundinas in the early 7th century and installed his brother Kubja Vishnuvardhana as the viceroy. He eventually established the Eastern Chalukya dynasty.

(Source): Wikipedia: India History

1) Pulakeśin I (पुलकेशिन्) or Pulikeśi.—Historians accept unanimously that Pulikeśi I was the first to perform horse sacrifice. So Vallabheśvara in question, the performer of horse sacrifice mentioned in the inscription is none other than Pulikeśi I. Practically he is the first king who withheld the Kadamba supremacy and ruled from Bādāmi as an independent king.

He begot two sons, Kīrtivarman and Maṅgaleśa from his two queens Durlabhadevī and Indukānti. The former belonged to the Boppūra family. On his death Kīrtivarman came to the throne (566-96).

2) Pulakeśin II (A.D. 610-642) is the son of Kīrtivarman who is son the son of Pulikeśin I. The real maker of the Calukya Empire is Pulikeśin II. He wrested the throne, some say, after a good fight with his uncle Maṅgaleśa. While taking the benefit of internal feuds, some local chieftains tried to raise their heads but our hero, the brave king, Pulikeśin II, through different policies, did not take much time to subdue them successfully. From the military point of view, his greatest achievement is his victory over Harṣavardhana, King of Kanauj, in the year A.D. 612 or so.

(Source): Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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