The period between AD 750 and AD 1200 is referred to as an early medieval period of Indian History.
The Pallava dynasty emerged in South India at a time when the Satavhana dynasty was on the decline. Shivaskandavarman is said to have been the founder of the Pallava dynasty.
During their reign, the Pallava rulers made Kanchi their capital.
The noteworthy rulers during this period were:
Simhavarama I ,
Vishugopa is said to have been defeated in battle by Samudragupta after which the Pallavas become weaker.
It was Simhavishnu, the son of Simhavarma II, who eventually crushed the Kalabhras‘ dominance in 575 AD and rekingdom. established his In 670, Parameshwaravarma I came to the throne and restricted the advance of the Chlukyan king Vikramaditya I.
However, the Chalukyas joined hands with the Pandya king A rikesari Maravarma, another promients enemy of the Pallavas, and defeated Parameshwaravarma I. Parameshwaravarma I died in 695 and was succeeded by Narasimhavarma II, a peace living ruler.He is also remembered for building the famous Kailashanatha temple Kanchi.
He died grieving his elder son‘s accidental death in 722. at His youngest son, Parameshwaravarma II, came to power in 722.He died in 730 with no heirs to the throne, which left the Pallava kingdom in a state of disarray.
Nandivarma II came to pow er after some infighting for the throne among relatives and officials of the kingdom. Nandivarma married the Rashtrakuta princess Reetadevi, and reestablished the Pallava kingdom.
Nandivarma III was succeeded by Nrupatungavarma, who had two brothers, Aparajitavarma and Kampavarma. The Chola king provok ed Aprajitavarman into waging a civil war in the Pallava kingdom. Subsequently, Aprajita Varma captured the throne.