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The Vishnukundina Empire was one of the Middle kingdoms of India, controlling the Deccan, Orissa and parts of South India during the 5th and 6th centuries, carving land out from the Vakataka Empire. It played an important role in the history of the Deccan during the 5th and 6th centuries CE. The founder of the Vishnukundin dynasty was Vikramendra I. Its original capital Vinhukonda in the Krishna district seems to have derived its name from the dynastic name. Vikramendra’s son and successor Govindavarman I took the imperial title maharaja.

The Vishnukundin contribution to art especially architecture has hardly won the recognition it deserves at the hands of the scholars who devoted themselves to the afetudy of Indian art and architecture. She Vishnukundins inherited the artistic traditions of both the Ikshvakus whom they succeeded and the Vakatakas with whom they came into contact# enriched them by their own contribution and transmitted it to posterity.

There is a group of interesting Brahmanical cave temples in and around Vijayawada, situated on the northern bank of the river Krishna in Andhra Rradesh. There are two caves in Vijayawada# five in Hogalrajapuram and five more in the village of Undavalli, situated three Kins, away on the opposite bank of the river.


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