Category Archives: Before the Sultanate

From Warangal to Sultanpur

20 years into Prataparudra’s reign, the Delhi Sultanate invaded the Kakatiya kingdom for the first time. Ala-ud-din Khilji sent his slave general Malik Kafur to bully Prataparudra into subordination. A month-long stand-off between Kafur’s army and the Kakatiya’s ended when … Continue reading

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Prataparudra Charitramu

Prataparudra succeeded his grandmother, Rani Rudrama Devi to the Kakatiya Simhasanam, the Lion Throne. Prataparudra’s reign marked the culmination of the evolution of the Kakatiya kingdom towards a non-traditional, non-Brahminical society. Inscriptions from the period made no attempt to hide the rulers’ … Continue reading

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The Putrika

In which you find out about Rani Rudrama Devi. Or you can just skip this post and wait for the movie instead. History is not kind to women. The only mentions they seem to deserve, if any, are as supporting characters … Continue reading

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The Builder of Golconda

No one quite knows who built the fort – there are very few written sources that mention it and even the ones that do provide very little or no information about the its builders. It gets a passing mention in … Continue reading

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The First King

Rudradeva After the death of Prola II in battle (possibly with the Eastern Chalukyas of Vengi), his son Rudradeva (aka Prataparudra I) became the king of a now fully independent Kakatiya kingdom. Rudradeva, by all accounts, was a worthy successor … Continue reading

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The Kakatiyas of Eka Sila Nagaram

The Origins The exact origins of the dynasty are unclear. Some historians trace the origins of the Kakatiyas to a Gundaya who died fighting for the Rashtrakutas against the Eastern Chalukyas in the 10th Century. The story is that the … Continue reading

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Hyderabad before Hyderabad – Part IV

The tl;dr Version The Ikshavakus were the last major Telugu dynasty to rule over the region after the Satavahanas in the first millenium CE. The 800 years following the Ikshavakus saw a whole bunch of dynasties – the smaller ones … Continue reading

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Ajanta & The Hyderabad Connection

“Eternal Fame” “There can be little doubt that notwithstanding all the care bestowed on the ruined cave temples [at Ajanta] these wonderful wall paintings will be subject to progressive decay owing to irremediable physical conditions. It is most unlikely that … Continue reading

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Hyderabad before Hyderabad – Part III

The Ikshavakus & Buddhism in the Valley The Satavahana administration borrowed its structure from the Mauryas – this meant decentralized power and states that were ruled by feudal lords.  Just as the Satavahanas declared independence when Mauryan rule weakened, their feudatories, the Ikshavakus, took over their dominions … Continue reading

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Hyderabad before Hyderabad – Part II

The Andhras Before Sultan Quli founded the Golconda Sultanate in 1512, general Deccan/Andhra history is all that can be used to understand what would have happened in the region for the 1800 years between the Andhras and Sultan Quli. The … Continue reading

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