Inscription of Vijayanagara king Krishnadevaraya death discovered

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The first-ever written inscription of the date of death of Vijayanagar king Krishnadevaraya discovered at Honnenahalli in Karnataka.

About the inscription:

  • The inscription is written in Kannada. According to the inscription, Krishnadevaraya was one of the greatest emperors of India who ruled from the South.
  • He died on 17th October 1529 (Sunday) which was incidentally marked by a lunar eclipse.
  • Further, during that day, a village named Honnenahalli was gifted for conducting worship to the god Veeraprasanna Hanumantha.

About King Krishnadevaraya:

  • Krishnadevaraya was the emperor of the Vijayanagara Empire during 1509–1529.
  • Dynasty: He was the third ruler of the Tuluva Dynasty and is considered to be its greatest ruler. He possessed the largest empire in India after the decline of the Delhi Sultanate.
  • Dominant Ruler: He became the dominant ruler of India by defeating the Sultans of Bijapur, Golconda, the Bahmani Sultanate, and the Gajapatis of Odisha.
  • Titles: Krishnadevaraya earned the titles Kannada Rajya Rama Ramana (Lord of the Kannada empire), Andhra Bhoja (Andhra Bhoja(Scholar) King), and Mooru Rayara Ganda(King of Three Kings).
  • Foreign Travellers: Portuguese travellers Domingo Paes and Fernão Nuniz visited the Vijayanagara Empire during his reign.
  • Mathematician: The great south Indian mathematician Nilakantha Somayaji also lived in the Empire of Krishnadevaraya.
  • Golden Age of Telugu Literature: The rule of Krishna Deva Raya is known as the golden age of Telugu literature. Eight Telugu poets regarded as eight pillars of his literary assembly and known as Ashtadiggajas.
    • Among these eight poets, Allasani Peddana is considered to be the greatest. He is given the title of Andhra Kavita Pitamaha (the father of Telugu poetry).
  • Telugu Poem: Krishna Deva Raya himself composed an epic Telugu poem Amuktamalyada.

Source: The Hindu


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