|King of Pallava|
|Father||Crown Prince Vishnugopa|
Simhavarman II was the son of Crown Prince Vishnugopa  and in most likelihood ruled out of Dasanapura (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.
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.
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.
4th Century AD
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- 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.
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- History of Kanchipuram