Palavs are descendents of Pallav kings of Tamilnadu. Pallavs ruled in 9th century. Mahendravarman, a king of this dynasty was a Sanskrit scholar and he wrote 'Mattavilasprahsanam'. This book tells superiority of Jain philosophy. Mahendravarman carved Siddhvasal cave temple. Sinhavarman, another king from this dynasty also promoted Jainism.