Major part of Karnataka was a part of the Nanda Empire before coming under the Mauryan empire of Emperor Ashoka. Four centuries of Satavahana rule followed allowing them to control large areas of Karnataka.The decline of Satavahana power led to the rise of the earliest native kingdoms, the Kadambas and the Western Ganges marking the region's emergence as an independent political entity.
The Kadamba Dynasty founded by Mayurasharma had its capital at Banavasi; the Western Ganga Dynasty was formed with Talakad as its capital. Hoysala Empire sculptural articulation in Belur. These were also the first kingdoms to use Kannada in administration as evidenced by the Halmidi inscription and a fifth-century copper coin discovered at Banavasi.These dynasties were followed by imperial Kannada empires such as the Badami Chalukyas,the Rashtrakuta Empire of Manyakhetaand the Western Chalukya Empire which ruled over large parts of the Deccan and had their capitals in what is now Karnataka.
The Western Chalukyas patronised a unique style of architecture and Kannada literature which became a precursor to the Hoysala art of 12th century. Parts of modern-day Karnataka were occupied by the Chola Empire between 990-1210 AD.An inveterate enemy of the British, Tipu Sultan of Mysore Kingdom was one of the most powerful rulers in India before the advent of the British Raj Historical image showing the Chief minister Dr. Devaraja Urs announcing the declaration of Karnataka name to the Mysore state, after India's independence, the Maharaja, Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar, allowed his kingdom.
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