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Welcome to Ithihasa, an Indic History Podcast that explores India’s past. I will take you back in time to examine what I think has either been overlooked or misunderstood. I want to nudge People and make them appreciate our past. Want them to be surprised by the fact that the world today isn't much different from the past. And to explore it in a way that hopefully enlightens us. This is my humble attempt to make it easier for you, to learn India's past in small yet manageable chunks and come ...
 
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The breathing room and crucial buffer that DevaRaya II’s reign provided to the Empire cannot be understated. His rule had prevented it from being eaten up by its rivals, the Gajapatis and Bahmanis, who were eagerly waiting to carve it up for themselves. And it is exactly for this reason that I will be dedicating some time to the under appreciated r…
 
Welcome to Ithihasa, a Indic History Podcast and you are listening to Episode 42 of the Season Vijayanagara and the 1st full length episode of 2021. With this we resume our exploration of the Mighty Vijayanagara Empire’s rich history. Today we will be embarking on yet another mini-series that will delve in depth into a very interesting chapter of b…
 
2020 has been an eventful year that most of us wish never happened in first place. The economic and human devastation that transpired across the globe so rapidly due to this deadly pandemic; is a grim reminder to each one of us to not take our fragile life, peace, material luxuries and the semblance of order in our daily lives for granted. So to al…
 
The inner tension in the Nayaka world was between the role of a Komara and Nayankara. To be a Komara meant that the Nayaka was a part of an inner circle of service elite. And to be a Nayankara partner implied having access to and share of political power along with the Rayas. There was this simmering tension between the paths of mobility and loyalt…
 
In a 3 part mini-series, we will see in depth how the Vijayanagara rulers innovated on the previous patterns of political and administrative instruments in the south, to build a robust framework to rule the ever expanding Vijayanagara Empire. Nayamkaras were the political and economic instruments through which the Nayakas of Vijayanagara reworked t…
 
In this episode and the next we shall look at the birth of Nayankara System, which was one of the most fascinating aspects of the Vijayanagara Empire and its legacy. In a 3 part mini-series, we will see in depth how the Vijayanagara rulers innovated on the previous patterns of political and administrative instruments in the south, to build a robust…
 
In this episode we will look in depth at one of the most fascinating women of the 15th & 16th century Vijayanagara. These women straddled the royal courts of Emperors, held the nobility in their palm of the hand and cuddled with the richest of the merchants. And they are normally referred to as Devadasis. Forced to become courtesans at an early age…
 
In this episode we shall explore the coinage and currency of Vijayanagara. We will try to understand how mundane things like Coins were used as tools of royal propaganda and power. Vijayanagara was one of the first South Indian empires that realized the potential of Coins in furthering its influence in the form of soft power on the minds of its sub…
 
In this episode we shall look at a very interesting and powerful motif that was widely used by Vijayanagara royalty and especially by the Emperor Achyuta Devaraya who was the successor of Sri Krishna Deva Raya . The motif in question is known as , “Gandabherunda”. “Bherunda” means terrific and frightful, a species of bird in Sanskrit; while Ganda i…
 
In this episode, we will look at not just the legacy of Vijayanagara when it came to temples and sculptures; but we will also look at the evolution of art and culture as a result of political developments that took place in the Empire during the 16th and 17th centuries. Episode Visual Guide Links: Anjali Mudra Krishna Deva Raya portrait image at Sr…
 
The adoption of Islamicizing forms of courtly dress is in fact paralleled by the appropriation of Islamicate modes of political language. And the most striking instance of which appears in Vijayanagara rulers adoption of the title, “Hindu-Raya-Suratrana” which literally meant, “Sultan among Hindu Kings”. In this episode we will resume our analysis …
 
In this episode we will switch gears after the last three back-back episodes from the Architecture and Art Series; and look at some fascinating aspects of Religion, Culture, Realpolitik and Fashion in the Royal Court of Hampi. I can assure you, it will be an illuminating episode. At the end of it you will most certainly come out with a lot more cla…
 
In this episode we will look at one of the most intriguing monuments at Vijayanagara, the Great Stone Platform, which is also known as Mahanavami Dibba or Dasara Dibba that’s located in the Royal Centre part of Hampi. The huge platform-like structure in the episode artwork is the Mahanavami Dibba and it’s a great example of Vijayanagara architectur…
 
In this episode we will explore the art, architecture and philosophy of Vidyashankara Temple of Sringeri, which was one of the most important temples that were built during the Vijayanagara Empire. The Vidyashankara temple was built in the year 1338 A.D., in commemoration of the pontiff Sri Vidyashankara, by Sri Vidyaranya, patron-saint of Harihara…
 
Starting with this episode this week, we will embark upon yet another journey into Vijayanagara. This time we will go on a tour of the state of Literature, Art & Architecture in the empire and the legacy it left behind. All episodes on these aspects will be part of it's own Series similar to how we did the Foundation Series. And the episodes will b…
 
In the last episode we understood the importance of the fertile and resource rich triangular tract of land called Raichur Doab in the Deccan and how intensely contested it was for many empires that existed even prior to the Bahmanis and Vijayanagara. And we also set the stage for an inevitable and epic conflict between Bijapur and Vijayanagara;,wit…
 
In a series of 3 full episodes starting with this one, we will explore one of the most important chapters of Vijayanagara history. The Battle Of Raichur. This battle is fascinating not just because of the intense drama and intrigue that engulfs it, but also due to the far reaching impact it had on the fortunes of the empire. Before we dive neck dee…
 
This is the 9th and final installment in the Foundation Series of this Season. In this episode we will look at the mysterious character of Sage Vidyaranya of Sringeri Matha who was the power behind the power. Vidyaranya was renowned to be the Kingmaker who inspired, funded and oversaw the eventual rise of Sangamas as the torch bearers of Sanatana D…
 
The blood of the traitor and a former Sultan had now spilt on the Turquoise throne. If you liked this bonus bit and have piqued your interest, go ahead and hit play on the full episode, “Birth of A Nemesis” that explores the fall of Tughlaqs in Deccan and birth of the Bahmani kingdom.By Narendra Vikram D
 
This is the 8th installment in the Foundation Series of this Season. In the last episode, “Blunder Thy Name Tughluq” we explored the beginning of the end of the Tughluq Sultanate under Muhammud Bin Tughluq. As Vijayanagara came out of the womb of Destiny and took its first breaths in the South; it’s nemesis and arch rival, the Bahamani Kingdom was …
 
As Vijayanagara came out of the womb of Destiny and took its first breaths in the South; it’s nemesis and arch rival, the Bahmani Kingdom was being forged in the same fires of Deccan. Bahmani Kingdom's rise corresponds to the great turbulence and chaos that plagued the Deccan especially during the spontaneous rebellions against the Tughluq overlord…
 
Note: Scroll to end to read a note on minor correction(s) in the published episode. In this special extra full length episode, we will explore in depth about Sangamas, their rise and how they ended up forging an empire at a critical time when Hindus were cornered all over India. And had no other choice but to fight back against the onslaught of Tug…
 
This is a bonus bit that acts as a prelude to the upcoming special full length episode and 6th installment of the foundation series. This prelude sets the stage before we unravel all the mysteries behind the enigmatic founders of Vijayanagara and see the birth of a glorious Hindu empire in the next episode.…
 
With the Episode 16, "Sangama Rahasya" we hit the half way mark for the Season Vijayanagara. So I thought this might be an appropriate moment to take a stock of the listener feedback, reviews and suggestions that the show received. I will be picking four interesting reviews and use that discuss a little about the show and also give you some updates…
 
Bonus Bit included in the first 2 minutes. This is the 5th installment in the Foundation Series of this Season and it’s a special one to me personally because of what I went through to produce it for you wonderful people out there. Retelling of any History is nothing but the act of Storytelling and the Origins of Vijayanagara is a special kind of s…
 
In this episode, we will look closely at the events that transpired from the perspective of the Hoysala ruler, Veera Bhallala.His valuable contributions towards the expulsion of Tuglaqhs from the South have to be told. Most often this aspect is completely ignored or given a token mention in modern historical narratives. Without understanding the ro…
 
This episode begins a multi part episode series that will delve in depth into the Foundation of Vijayanagara like never before. In this episode we shall delve into the political conditions before the foundation of the mighty Vijayanagara Empire. These conditions along with many other factors played a crucial role in gradually forging this glorious …
 
We will understand the importance of now 1700 year old Tirumala Tirupati Aalayam(temple) to the 16th century Vijayanagara rulers, it’s polity and citizens. We will also go in depth into the fascinating aspects of the Tirupati temple and the powerful role it played on both the economic and political front. We shall see Vijayanagara's patronage of th…
 
We will delve into the importance of Temples in 16th century Vijayanagara and see the various roles they played in it’s highly evolved yet complex society. We will also try to understand what Temples meant to the ordinary citizens of the empire and also to the Vijayanagara rulers. For some Vijayanagara is a City Of Victory and for some it's a City …
 
In this episode we will see how the king is at the center on the architectural plane and understand its implication when it came to power and politics. In the Vijayanagara empire, Royal Ceremonies and Architecture was a big deal that could weaken the King’s influence if he didn’t pay significant attention to it. He had no choice but to play his par…
 
In the last episode we traced the rise and fall of the autocratic Vijayanagara regent, Aliya Rama Raya and how his policies ultimately led to the beginning of the end for the empire. In this episode, we will look at how Politics and Power worked in a highly cultured society like Vijayanagara and more so in its cosmopolitan capital, Hampi.…
 
What would have led one of the most powerful men in India at that time to engage in such suicidal diplomacy which brought down the empire crashing. After all we all are creatures of habit and deep desires. There has to be some sort of motivation fueling even the deceptively irrational of behaviors. In this episode we will decipher the motivations o…
 
In this episode we will pick up from where we left previously. In the last episode we understood the reasons for the defeat in the battle from a military perspective and why the Deccan Sultanate Alliance had the upper hand. In this episode, we will dig deeper into the causes for Aliya Rama Raya’s diplomatic defeat that led to the battle of Talikota…
 
In this episode, we will explore the prevailing narratives around battle of Talikota in 1565 AD, reasons behind Vijayanagara’s decisive rout in the epic battle. By the end of it we will try to answer some crucial questions like, what is it that Rama Raya did wrong? What did the Deccan Sultanate alliance do right? What role did technology of the day…
 
This episode is about the infamous Battle Of Talikota, which was the beginning of the end for the Vijayanagara empire. Talikota was Vijayanagara’s Waterloo moment and a watershed event in both the Deccan & Indian history. Vijayanagara’s majestic capital was sacked beyond redemption in the year of 1565. Today you know it as Hampi, a UNESCO world her…
 
The first season is all about the erstwhile Vijayanagara Empire, one of the Crown Jewels of rich South Indian history. In this season, we will explore the Cultural and Historical significance of Vijayanagara. We will together delve into Vijayanagara's foundation, implosion, inner workings, its weaknesses, what made it tick & its influence on the su…
 
A quick introduction of Ithihasa, an Indic history podcast that explores India's past. A Story of India served with generous doses of glory & tragedy Every week I will take you back in time to examine what I think has either been overlooked or misunderstood. India's past is littered with gracious amounts of intrigue, drama, tragedy and glory. I wil…
 
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