Gold Fanam of Western Chalukyas

29 Jan 2021  Fri

The western Chalukyas was also known as the Chalukyas of Kalyani, they ruled the western Deccan and southern India between 10th to 12th centuries. They are theoretically related to the early Chalukyas of Badami.

This dynasty is called western Chalukya to differentiate to its contemporize Eastern Chalukyas of Vengi. This Kannadiga dynasty knows for its linear architecture, mostly built on the banks of Tungabhadra River. The above shown gold fanam was issued by the Western Chalukyan king Jagadikamalla.

The obverse of this coin depicts a lion facing right with a raised forepaw. The reverse of this coin depicts a Kannada legend ‘KA’. The ‘Ka’ letter is one the four-letter of Jagadika. The other Fanama depicted another letter JA, Ga, Di.

Image Courtesy: Classical Numismatic Gallery

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