Simhavarman II

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Simhavarman II
King of Pallava
Reign 438–460 AD
Coronation 438 AD
Predecessor Skandavarman III
Successor Skandavarman IV
Issue Simhavishnu, Bhimavarman
House Pallava dynasty
Father Crown Prince Vishnugopa
Religion Buddhism

Simhavarman II was a ruler of the Pallava Dynasty who ruled portions of land between what is now Karnataka and Coastal Andhra Pradesh.


Simhavarman II was the son of Crown Prince Vishnugopa [1] and in most likelihood ruled out of Dasanapura [2](a village near present-day Bangalore). A definitive date to his tenure as ruler is hard to pinpoint owing to lack of historical evidence, and available sources place his tenure between a period from 430 - 550 AD, however, a majority converge around the period of 438 - 460 AD as a likely period. Simhavarman II was also a buddhist unlike most other Pallava Kings who were predominantly orthodox Hindus.[3]

His reign was presumably prosperous as a vast majority of the available information indicates that the largest number of grants in the early Pallava period were issued during his tenure as ruler.[2]

Much is also not known about his direct descendents, but he is believed to have sired at least two sons, Simhavishnu, and Bhimavarman.[4]

Historical Sources[edit]

There is not much information available about the early period of the Pallava dynasty, and much of the information on Simhavarman II known today is speculative and based on possible theoretical reconstructions of the available information. The only credible sources of information about this period, are the temples constructed by the Pallavas, and the discovery of the Uruvapalli copperplates among others which shed some light on the rulers of the time.

Simhavarman II
Pallava dynasty
Preceded by
Skandavarman III
Pallava King
4th Century AD
Succeeded by
Skandavarman IV

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Aiyangar, K. Some Contributions of South India to Indian Culture. Cosmo Publications. p. 153. 
  2. ^ a b R.C.Majumdar; A.S.Altekar (1986). Vakataka - Gupta Age Circa 200-550 A.D. Motilal Banarsidass Publ. p. 234. ISBN 978-8120800267. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Vincent A. Smith (1906). Volume 2 – From the Sixth Century B.C. to the Mohammedan Conquest, Including the Invasion of Alexander the Great. p. 383. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  4. ^ History of Kanchipuram

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