Kadamba Dynasty


An inscription believed to be from the 10th century A.D. Kadamba period, written in Kannada and Sanskrit, has been discovered in the Mahadeva temple at Cacoda in southern Goa.

Rise and Reign of Kadamba Dynasty

  • Founded in 345 CE by Mayurasharma, the Kadambas ruled from their capital Banavasi (in present-day Karnataka) for nearly two centuries.
  • Their domain fluctuated, but at their peak, they controlled large parts of Karnataka and the Konkan region.
  • Kakusthavarma, who ruled from 425 to 450 CE, is considered their most prominent king, responsible for territorial expansion and cultural contributions.


  • The Kadambas are primarily remembered for their patronage of Kannada literature and art. They were the first dynasty to use Kannada extensively in administration and inscriptions, solidifying its status as a major regional language.
  • Their architectural contributions include the Shiva temple at Kadur and the Jain Mandir at Halasi, both showcasing exquisite craftsmanship and embodying the unique Kadamba style.
  • Though politically overshadowed by later empires like the Chalukyas and Rashtrakutas, the Kadambas laid the foundation for the development of Karnataka as a distinct cultural and political entity.