ಬಾದಾಮಿ ಚಾಲುಕ್ಯರು
Badami Chalukya
Pulakeshin I (543–566)
Kirtivarman I (566–597)
Mangalesha (597–609)
Pulakeshin II (609–642)
Vikramaditya I (655–680)
Vinayaditya (680 -696)
Vijayaditya (696–733)
Vikramaditya II (733–746)
Kirtivarman II (746–753)
(Rashtrakuta Empire)

Mangalesha (C. 596 – 610 CE) succeeded Kirtivarman I to the Chalukya throne. He ruled as regent as the heir to the throne Pulakeshin II was considered too young to rule.

Capable warrior

An energetic and ambitious ruler, Mangalesha won several laurels in war. Mangalesha continued the policy of expansion, he invaded the territory of the Kalachuri ruler Buddhiraja who ruled over Gujarat, Khandesh and Malwa. This campaign was more a raid than a conquest as it brought in much booty and no addition to the territories. He suppressed a rebellion on the part of Swamiraja, the Governor of Revatidvipa (Goa) and re-established the Chalukyan power in Konkan. From the Mahakuta pillar inscription of 595 it is known that he subdued the Gangas, Pallava, Chola, Alupas and Kadambas rulers.


Mangalesha assumed the titles like Ururanaparakrama, Ranavikrama and Paramabhagavata, and excavated the Vaishnava temple at Badami.

Desire for the throne

As Mangalesha was ruling as a regent, he should have surrendered the throne to Pulakeshin II when the latter came of age.[1] Instead he sought to prolong his reign with the view of handing the throne to his own son Sundaravarma in due course.

This forced Pulakeshin to rebel against his uncle. Pulakeshin left the court and by his own martial prowess, waged a war on Mangalesha with the help of few of his friends. Mangalesha was routed and killed in the battlefield of Elapattu-Simbige (in Anantapur District). This incident is mentioned in the Peddavadu-guru inscription, and the incident must have happened about 610.

Preceded by
Kirtivarman I
596 610
Succeeded by
Pulakeshin II


  1. Singh, Upinder (2009). A history of ancient and early medieval India : from the Stone Age to the 12th century (3rd impr. ed.). New Delhi: Pearson Longman. pp. 553–555. ISBN 9788131716779. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
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