If one is inquisitive and on a rediscovery trail on India, one is bound to ponder over the legacy of various kingdoms of the past. Where did the Pallavan kings live, how did they manage to build huge monuments, what was the motivation to undertake massive architectural excellence, why did they engage in constant warfare among the Gangas and Chalukyas.
Kolar gold fields were probably first discovered during the Harappan and Mohejadaro period with Golden objects tracing back to gold impurity levels of 11% silver concentration which is present in Kolar Gold fields only. Guptas ( 320 - 550 AD ) discovered the Golden reserves and consolidated their claim by deploying the Ganga dynasty rulers as their feudatory Konganivarman Madhava ( 350-370 AD) and claimed royalty in the form of gold. Samudragupta ( 335-375 AD) had first issued series of gold coins depicting various facets of his lifetime, Ashwamedha yagna, Lyrist, Hunter, Warrior, Royalty and Chess player. Durvinita ( 529 - 579 ) became a powerful ruler of Ganga based at Talakkad, Avani served as a strategic base which was close to Kanchipuram the Pallavan capital. Durvinita forged alliance with the Chalukyas by marrying his daughter to Chalukyan emperors son Vijayaditya. Pallavas constantly waged war because of the huge gold mine at Kolar with Gangas and Chalukyas and ultimately managed to defeat Pulakesin II in 642 AD and occupied Badami too for almost 13 years. Now the source of wealth of Pallavas is identified, now let us check out the famous edifices in Kanchipuram :