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The Shalankayana (IAST: Śālaṇkāyana) dynasty of ancient India ruled a part of Andhra region in India from 300 to 440 CE. Their territory was located between the Godavari and the Krishna rivers. Their capital was located at Vengi, modern Pedavegi near Eluru in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh.

They were Brahmins and their name is derived from their symbol and gotra name, which stood for Nandi (the bull of Shiva). [1]

The Shalankayanas succeeded the Andhra Ikshvaku dynasty and were vassals of the Pallava kings of southern India. During their time the script for Telugu and Kannada began to clearly separating from that of the other South Indian and North Indian languages.

In the late 5th century, the Shalankayanas were conquered by Madhavarma II of the Vishnukundinas.

List of kings[edit]

  1. Hastivarma
  2. Nandi Varma
  3. Vijayadeva Varma
  4. Vijayanandi Varma

See also[edit]