The Chalukyas emerged as rulers of northern Karnataka and adjoining areas of Maharashtra in the western Deccan in the beginning of the sixth century CE. They rapidly made themselves overlords of an extensive empire, ruling from their capital Vatapi (modern Badami). The Chalukyas of Badami were dislodged about mid-eighth century by the Rashtrakutas, their erstwhile subordinates. A junior branch of theirs, called Eastern Chalukyas, ruled in the Andhra delta region from 631 CE for about five centuries. There were other branches of the Chalukyas also in Indian history, but we shall here not be concerned with the Chalukya dynasties that ruled after the mid-eighth century.