This article includes a forgotten empire vijayanagar by robert sewell pdf list of references, but its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. Vijayanagara Empire and the Deccan sultanates. The treacherous defeat of Vijayanagara Empire, followed subsequent destruction and looting which became short lived before the successors of Rama Raya.
The Sultanates to the north of Vijayanagara united and attacked Rama Raya’s army, on 23 Jan 1565, in a war known as the Battle of Talikota. The Vijayanagara army was winning the war, state Hermann Kulke and Dietmar Rothermund, but suddenly two Muslim generals of the Vijayanagara army switched sides and turned their loyalty to the united Sultanates. They captured Rama Raya and beheaded him on the spot, with Sultan Hussain on the Sultanates side joining them.
The beheading of Rama Raya created confusion and havoc and in the still loyal portions of the Vijayanagara army, which were then completely routed. The Sultanates’ army plundered Hampi and reduced it into ruins.
Deccan Sultanates during the Battle of Talikota. At the critical point of the war, Muslim officers in the Vijayanagara army launched a subversive attack. Suddenly Rama Raya found himself surprised when the two Muslim divisions in his ranks turned against him. Robert Sewell, in his book The Forgotten Empire, concludes thus – “With fire and sword, with crowbars and axes, they carried on day after day their work of destruction.
A Textbook of Medieval Indian History. Quote: “When battle was joined in January 1565, it seemed to be turning in favor of Vijayanagara – suddenly, however, two Muslim generals of Vijayanagara changes sides.
Rama Raya was taken prisoner and immediately beheaded. K A Nilakanta Shastri History of South India p. A Contribution to the History of India”.
This article is about the Renaissance era empire. For the abandoned city, see Vijayanagara. For the neighbourhood in Bangalore, see Vijayanagar, Bangalore.
For other uses, see Vijaynagar. Post Indus Valley Period, c.