His clash with Harsha, in which he was able to check Harsha’s design to
conquer the Deccan.
Conquests in the eastern Deccan—southern Kosala, Kalinga, Pistapura and
the Banas of Rayalaseema offered their submission after their defeat at the
hands of Pulakesin.
Conflict with the Pallavas of Kanchi—his first expedition against the Pallava
kingdom, which was then ruled by Mahendravarman I was a complete
success, and he annexed the northern part of the Pallava kingdom. But his
second expedition against the Pallavas, however, ended in complete disaster
for himself as well as his own kingdom. The then Pallava ruler,
Narasimhavarman I, who succeeded Mahendravarman, not only drove back
Chalukya armies, but also invaded the Chalukya kingdom, killed Pulakesin II
and captured Badami.
Diplomatic achievement—he sent an embassy to the Persian king, Khusrau
II, in AD 625 and also received one from him. The reception given to the
Persian mission is, in fact, depicted in one of the famous Ajanta cave
Visit of Hiuen Tsang—the description given by this Chinese pilgrim of the
kingdom of Pulakesin is quite useful in knowing the social and eco- nomic
conditions under the Chalukya rulers of Badami.
Vikramaditya 1 (644–81) After an occupation of about 12 years, he not
only drove out the Pallava forces, but also consolidated the kingdom and
plundered the Pallava capital, Kanchi, thus avenging his father’s defeat and
death at the hands of the Pallavas.
Vinayaditya (681–93) His reign was generally peaceful and prosperous.
Vijayaditya (693–733) It was the longest and also the most prosperous and
peaceful reign. It was marked by great increase in temple building.
Vikramaditya II (733–44) His reign is significant for the successful
invasion of the Pallava kingdom three times, and the repelling of the Arab
invasion of south Gujarat.
Kirtivarman II (144–55) This last Chalukyan ruler of Badami was
defeated by Dantidurga, the founder of the Rashtrakuta dynasty, and thus
came an end to the Chalukya dynasty of Badami.