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The Vijayanagar Empire

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1336 A.D. to 1565 A.D.



The Vijyanagar kingdom was started in South India on a humble note to resist Muslim invasion of the Hoysala territory by Mallik Kafur's destructive campaign. However, within fifty years, the Vijayanagar (a.k.a. Vijayanagara) kingdom came to be known as a powerful empire and reigned the Indian southern peninsula for nearly 200 years. It required four Muslim kingdoms to come together to destroy the unwieldy large empire at the battle of Talikota.

http://www.kamat.com/kalranga/andhra/vnagar.htm

Learning about our past, sheds light on our present, cultural differences and commonalities.   The Empire as it was known, preceded the arrival of the Portuguese in India, and  many Saraswat Brahmins from Goa worked in the Royal Court.    Many of our ancestors were converts from Saraswat Brahmins, and thus it is of interest to us to know more about our past, before we became Catholics.

For the food habits of this area, please read http://www.kamat.com/database/articles/vnagar_foods.htm

To get view of the place on the map, please visit http://sify.com/itihaas/fullstory.php?id=13233634

The insight into the deep religiosity of Catholics of this area may have their roots in their past.    In general, most of the Indians, whatever be their creed, are deeply religious in their outlook, and to seek an explanation, go to this site: http://www.hindu.com/mag/2004/03/28/stories/2004032800270700.htm

It is important to know our past, that we do not throw "the baby with the bath water" - as we adopt modernity.    This is not an argument for us to live on the past glory, but to prove to ourselves, that what our ancestors achieve, we can still achieve in the modern environment.   This should encourage us to rise higher and higher.

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