Pulakesin II and a part of his kingdom was occupied.
Narasimhavarman I (630–68) He is considered the greatest of the Pallava
rulers. He is credited with repelling the second invasion of Pulakesin II,
killing him and capturing the Chalukyan capital, Badami. Hence he assumed
the title of ‘Vatapikonda’ (Conqueror of Vatapi). He is also said to have
defeated the Cholas, the Cheras and the Pandyas, thus becoming supreme in
south India. Besides, he sent two naval expeditions to Ceylon and helped his
ally, a Ceylonese prince, to capture the throne of Ceylon. Besides he was a
great builder having constructed Mamallapuram and the various buildings in
it. Another significant thing about his reign is the visit of Hiuen Tsang to
Kanchi.
Mahendravarman II (668–70) He ruled for a very short period, since he
was killed by Chalukya king, Vikramaditya I (son of Pulakesin II).
Paramesvaravarman I (670–700) He also had to face the invading forces
of Vikramaditya I, but finally succeeded in defeating and driving them back
after repeated efforts.
Narasimhavarman II (700–728) His rule, however, is marked by peace
and prosperity, literary activity, and the construction of large and beautiful
temples like the Shore temple at Mamallapuram and the Kailasanatha temple
at Kanchi. He is also said to have sent embassies to China, and maritime
trade flourished during his reign.
Paramesvaravarman II (728–31) The Pallava kingdom again had to face
defeat and humiliation during his reign. The Chalukya, Vikramaditya II
attacked the Pallava capital and Paramesvaravarman had to conclude a
humiliating treaty with him. When the Pallava ruler tried to retaliate, he was
killed by the Ganga ally of the Chalukyas.
Nandivarman II (731–96) The Chalukya, Vikramaditya II again invaded
and captured the Pallava capital during his reign. But Vikramaditya this time
showed consideration and restraint in treating the vanquished, the only
instance of restraint in the whole of the suicidal Chalukya-Pallava conflict,
and withdrew from Kanchi without destroying it. However, Nandi soon
strengthened himself and defeated the Chalukya ally, the Gangas. But he had
to meet defeat at the hands of the Pandyas. And after this defeat, he