Devaraya II

Proudha Devaraya

Devaraya II, also known as Proudha Devaraya, succeeded to the throne after the death of his father Vijaya Bukkaraya. After ascending the throne he conquered the Reddi kingdoms of Kondavidu and Rajahmundry. He extended the kingdom eastward to the Bay of Bengal, and westward to the Arabian Sea. He continued the traditional wars with the Bahmani sultans.

Devaraya really improved the financial condition of the state. He gave compulsory training to the Muslims and recruited them to his army. A mosque was constructed by him for the use of Muslims in his capital. He had an army of 2000 Mussalmans and 60,000 Hindus, who were highly skilled in archery.

He was a great lover of literature and a Sanskrit scholar. He beautified the city of Vijayanagar and built the Vittalaswamy temple. Devaraya II died in 1446 and was succeeded by his elder son Mallikarjuna who ruled the state for 20 years.

Updated on 14th August, 2014


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