Everything changed when Mayura was insulted by a cavalry soldier of the Pallavas of Kaanchi. The enraged young man gave up his studies, changed his name to Mayura Varma, befitting a warrior, and built a strong army , which eventually defeated the Pallavas.
This temple complex , which has the inscription that tells us this historic fact is in Banavasi, a small town on the fringes of the forests of the Western Ghats.
He named his dynasty after the Kadamba tree, which grows in these parts. This temple to Shiva was built by Mayura Varma in the 4th century A.D.
The Kingdom of the Kadambas extended from Orissa to Goa in the west. The state transport buses of Goa are called Kadamba.
My thanks to Sylvia, Klaus, Wren, Sandy and the Fishing Guy.
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