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Category Archives: The Kingdoms
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
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
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
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
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
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