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Krishnadevaraya
Emperor of Vijayanagara Empire
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A bronze statue of Emperor Krishnadevaraya
Reign 26 July 1509–1529
Predecessor Viranarasimha Raya
Successor Achyuta Deva Raya
Consort Tirumala Devi
Chinna Devi
Children
  • Thirumalamba
  • Vengalamba
  • Tirumala Raya (Crowned in 1524 at the age of 6 years, but died in 1525)

Krishnadevaraya was an emperor of the Vijayanagara Empire who reigned from 1509–1529. He is the third ruler of the Tuluva Dynasty. Presiding over the empire at its height, he is regarded as an icon by many Indians.

Krishna became the dominant ruler of the peninsula of India by defeating the Sultans of Bijapur, Golconda, the Bahmani Sultanate and the Gajapatis of Odisha, and was one of the most powerful Hindu rulers in India.

The king was not only an able administrator but also an excellent General, leading from the front in battle and even attending to the wounded, he was known to change battle plans abruptly and turn a losing battle into victory.

The highlight of his conquests occurred on 19 May 1520 where he secured the fortress of Raichur from Ismail Adil Shah of Bijapur after a difficult siege during which 16,000 Vijayanagara soldiers were killed. It is said that 700,000-foot soldiers, 32,600 cavalry, and 550 elephants were used in the Battle of Raichur.

Finally, in his last battle, he completely destroyed the fortress of Gulburga, the early capital of the Bahmani sultanate. His empire extended over the whole of South India.

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