The dynasty in Karnataka that ruled over the southern and central areas of Deccan during the 8th through the 10th centuries were the Rashtrakutas. It was almost the same period when the Pratiharas came up in Gujarat, and the Paalars in Bengal

The Rashtrakutas gave great contributions to Kannada and Jainism. It was during their reign that the great rock-cut temples were made in Ellora and Elephanta. The Jaina temple they built in the town of Pattadakkal in Karnataka has been declared a center of World Heritage by the UNESCO.