Even though most of his reforms, including the new religion, were not successful, Akbar left a powerful empire at his death in 1605. Not much new territory was added by successors, but the regime reached the peak of its splendor. Most of the population, however, lived in poverty, and India fell behind Europe in invention and the sciences. By the late 17th century, the Mughals ruled over a major commercial and manufacturing empire.
So you see South India was well active during the Mahabharata period and also participated in the war of the Mahabharata. If you visit the Nilgiris and talk to the Irula tribe they will enlighten you more about the links between the Pandavas and the South India.
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