(Last Updated on : 26-08-2011)
Various ancient inscriptions reveal that the administration of Kadamba Dynasty
had various cabinet and other positions in order to run it efficiently. The prime minister (Pradhana), Steward (Manevergade), secretary of council (Tantrapala), scholarly elders (Vidyavriddhas), physician (Deshamatya), private secretary (Rahasyadhikritha), chief secretary (Sarvakaryakarta), chief justice (Dharmadhyaksha) and other officials (Bhojaka and Ayukta) were the positions in the Kadamba Kingdoms.
The army comprised of officers like Jagadala, Dandanayaka and Senapathi. A prince of the royal family who is crowned helped the king in the affairs of administration. The duties of the governors were executed by the princesses of the royal family. For instance King Kakusthavarma had appointed his son Krishna as governor of Thriparvatha region. This however proved harmful to the kingdom as it gave opportunity for break away factions in the kingdom.
Tax System in Kadamba Dynasty
The kingdom was divided into provinces. Under a province came various districts. Nine provinces have been recognized. The taluks or Mahagrama and Dashagramas came under a Vishaya. A taluk had more villages than Dashagramas. One sixth of land formed the tax collection. Taxes were collected as levy on load or Perjunka, social security tax for royal family or Vaddaravula, sales tax or Bilkoda, land tax or Kirukula, betel tax or Pannaya and other professional taxes on traders.
Religion in Kadamba Dynasty
The Kadamba dynasty followed Vedic Hinduism
was a Brahmin by birth. However, later his successors changed their surname to Varma to indicate that they were Kshatriyas. Some kings performed the horse sacrifice. They also worshipped Lord Shiva
and Lord Vishnu. The Madhukesvara temple was built by this dynasty. Grants were also allotted to Buddhist viharas. The Kadambas patronised Jainism
as many kings adopted the religion and built numerous Jain temples that are scattered around Banavasi, Belgaum, Mangalore
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