Early 600s: After the attack of Huns, Mehrkul became the ruler of Kashmir. He was a
very cruel king. But the teachings of Shaiva Pandits made him calmer.
Mehrkul became a worshipper of Shiva. A Shiva temple built by him
Mehrashwar (Mamleshwar) stands in Pahalgam. Years after his
death, Vikramaditya (of Ujjain) sent his minister Pratapaditya
to head the state of Kashmir.
Karkota Dynasty ruled Kashmir for 254 years. Durlabhvardhan
is a famous king of this dynasty. During Harshavardhan's rule, Kashmir
was a tributary state. King Chandradeep of this dynasty defeated the
Arabs in 713 AD.
Other notable kings of Kashmir during this period were: Meghawan
(fought against animal sacrifice), Lalitaditya (who extended the boundries
of Kashmir) and the father-son-grandson trio: Avantivarman, Shankarvarman