Pallava pəlä´vä [key], S Indian dynasty that established its capital at Kanchipuram in the 4th cent. AD Of obscure origin, it grew wealthy and strong and is most noted for its patronage of Dravidian architecture, especially for the so-called Seven Pagodas of Mahabalipuram. The Pallavas engaged in constant warfare with the Chalukyas of Badami and were finally eclipsed by the Chola kings in the 8th cent.

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