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FIRST-EVER EPIGRAPHICAL REFERENCE TO THE DATE OF DEATH OF KRISHNADEVARAYA

FIRST-EVER EPIGRAPHICAL REFERENCE TO THE DATE OF DEATH OF KRISHNADEVARAYA

Context

The first-ever epigraphical reference to the date of death of Krishnadevaraya who was the emperor of the Vijayanagara Empire.

Details

  • The date of death has been inferred to be 17 October 1529.
  • The discovery was made at Honnenahalli in Tumkur district.
  • The inscription is engraved on a slab and is written in the Kannada language.
  • The demise has been recorded as Śaka 1451, Virōdhi, śu. 15, lunar eclipse.

About Vijayanagar ruler Krishnadevaraya

  • He was an emperor of the Vijayanagara Empire who reigned from 1509–1529.
  • He belonged to Tuluva Dynasty.
  • Krishna Deva Raya earned the titles Kannada Rajya Rama Ramana, Andhra Bhoja and Mooru Rayara Ganda.
  • He became the dominant ruler of the peninsula of India by defeating the Sultans of Bijapur, Golconda, the Bahmani Sultanate and the Raja of Odisha.
  • The great south Indian mathematician Nilakantha Somayaji also lived in the Empire of Krishnadevaraya.
  • Portuguese travellers Domingo Paes and Fernao Nuniz also visited the Vijayanagara Empire during his reign.

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