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Kadambas made special contributions to Karnataka and Indian culture

Updated on April 10, 2015

Chaturmukha Basadi


Buddhism was also flourishing in the Kadamba kingdom

There was political unity for around three hundred years under the Kadamba rule. Royal priests, ministers and military generals played a significant role in administration. For administrative ease, provincial officers has been appointed to look after the provinces.

Land revenue was the main sources of income in the kingdom. The main occupations such as wooden carpentry, ornament goldsmith, blacksmith, handloom weaving, crude oil extraction, the production of pottery were in the society.There was greater encouragement for agriculture and trade. Most of people followed varnashrama. Greater importance was given to patriarchy and undivided family.

Though they were the followers of the Vedic culture, the Kadambas encouraged Jainism and Buddhism. They gave charity to Jain temples and scholars at Hangal, Puligere and other places, and promoted the spread of Jain culture.

Buddhism was also flourishing in the Kadamba kingdom. It included Ajanta and Banavasi, two of the important centres of Buddhism. The temples were centers of festivals and celebrations. Both Prakrit and Sanskrit received encouragement. First Prakrit and later Sanskrit became the court language. Kannada was the language of the people. The ancient Halmidi inscription shows the characteristics of the Kannada language which was in use in the 5th century. This has been the first inscription available in Kannada.

The Kadambas laid the foundation for architecture in Karnataka. They built many temples and Basadis in Banavasi. During this period, educational centres like agrahara, brahmapuri and ghatikas were established. Talagunda and Balligave, the two main agrahara were not found at that time. The agrahara were like as schools of residential.

The temple at Banavasi



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