Advertisement
Thursday, Dec 02, 2021
Outlook.com
Book Extract

Krishnadevaraya, Reigned 1509-1529

‘Kingship Is Strange’

Krishnadevaraya, Reigned 1509-1529
Krishnadevaraya, Reigned 1509-1529
outlookindia.com
2016-02-20T12:44:57+05:30

Imagine an imperial court in south India at the beginning of the 16th century. The king sits at the centre, flanked by women ‘with eyes like blue sapphires’, who are cooling the air with yak-tail fans. Seated in front of him, scholars discuss the fine points of Paninian grammar, atomistic philosophy and metaphysics. Warriors hold swords darkly glowing in the afternoon light, which filters across the hall, refracting through the jewelled crowns of defeated rivals, as it comes to rest on the king himself.

This king ruled over the largest empire ever in south India, and the description of his court comes from his fav­ourite poet, the great Telugu writer Allasani Peddana. The king’s capital, built at Hampi in the central Deccan, was called Vijayanagara, the ‘City of Victory’.

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Omicron Variant Surge Not Significant In Countries Where It Was Spotted Early

Omicron Variant Surge Not Significant In Countries Where It Was Spotted Early

The Omicron variant was first spotted in Botswana on November 9. Since then, the variant has spread to several countries but has not yet impacted Covid-19 numbers.

Beasts Of Burden: Why Maharashtra Farmers Are Abandoning Their Cattle

Beasts Of Burden: Why Maharashtra Farmers Are Abandoning Their Cattle

With farmers in Maharashtra reeling under crop failures and mounting debts, rearing milch cattle has not remained a profitable option.

SL Vs WI, 2nd Test: Sri Lanka Dominate West Indies On Day 4

SL Vs WI, 2nd Test: Sri Lanka Dominate West Indies On Day 4

Dhananjaya de Silva hit an unbeaten 153 on Day 4 of the second Test as Sri Lanka dominated West Indies in Galle. Sri Lanka have taken a lead of 279 runs.

Maharashtra Farmers Look For 'Love' Amid Continued Woes And Degrading Social Status

Maharashtra Farmers Look For 'Love' Amid Continued Woes And Degrading Social Status

Maharashtra’s social fabric is undergoing a tough change. While the sons of farmers are finding it an uphill task to get brides, their sisters do not want farmers as husbands.

Advertisement