Created by Jijith Nadumuri at 13 Jan 2010 11:58 and updated at 06 Jun 2010 11:48
Telinga was a kingdom south to Kalinga. Andhra Kingdom lied to the south of it. Telinga was one of the ancient South Indian kingdoms. The language Telugu originated here. It falls in the Telingana region of Andhra Pradesh, ie the northern part of Andhra Prasesh.
References in Mahabharata
There is only one speculative refernece to Telingas in the epic Mahabharata. During the southern millitary campaign of the Pandava general Sahadeva he is mentioned as defeating a tribe called Talavanas, between Andhras and Kalingas. This reference is belived to be of the Telingas.
The hero brought under his subjection and exacted tributes from the Paundrayas (Pandya?) and the Dravidas along with the Udrakeralas and the Andhras and the Talavanas (Telingas) , the Kalingas and the Ushtrakarnikas, and also the delightful city of Atavi and that of the Yavanas (MBh 2:30).
Kingdoms of Ancient India