The Age of Smaller  Kingdoms( After Gupta Period):

1. After the downfall of Gupta empire a, new kingdom of Pushyabhuti came into existence in Thanesar (Sthaneshvar) near Kurukshatra. In A.D 606 Harshavardhana became the king. Bana Bhatta, was the court poet of Harsha who wrote a biography of the king. Harsha moved his capital from Thanesar to Kannauj. When he wished to campaign against the kings of the Deccan, he was stopped and defeated by Pulakeshin II, the Chalukya king of Vatapi in the battle held on the banks of Narmada river. In 620 A.D. a Chinese Buddhist pilgrim,Hiuen Tsang, visited India during the reign of Harsha. Harsha himself was a poet and wrote three plays in Sanskrit (Ratnavali, Nagananda and Priya Darshika).
2. Hiuen Tsang spent some years at Nalanda which was by now a famous University in the country. He wrote an account about India in “Si-Yu-Ki”.

The Buddhist and the South:-
(A) The Chalukya:-
1. Vatapi Badami was the capital of the Chalukya. The Chalukya king, Pulakeshin II, defeated Harsha in a battle on the banks of Narmada. Pulakeshin II defeated Pallava King Mahendravarman also, but later the Pallava King Narasimhavarman, the son of Mahendravarman defeated Pulakeshin II and captured their capital king, Vatapi.
2. Most of the sculpture found at Ellora were due to the patronage of the Chalukya and Rashtra-kuta kings. The Kailash Temple at Ellora was constructed by Rashtrakuta king, Krishna I.

(B) The Pallavas:-
1. Mahendravarman, the Pallav king, ruled at the same time as Harsha and Pulkeshin II. Pallava’s capital was Kanchi.

2. The Pallava kings built Ratha Temples at Mahabalipuram by cutting out of large rocks.

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